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    Posted by Fizle (Elizabeth) Sagar on 6 November 2023 at 11:59

    I wonder if anyone else has this problem. Every time I edit, or read something in my story I find I need to edit or change something. I am now on my 7th draft and still I find things to edit or change. I’ve had three beta readers and still, i’m finding things. Does anyone know if this ever ends? Or do I just say ‘that’s it’ and hope for the best?

    Fizle (Elizabeth) Sagar replied 3 months, 4 weeks ago 3 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Carella Ridley

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    6 November 2023 at 15:20

    I finished a draft of my novel a couple of years ago and I definitely got to a place where I couldn’t do any more – but having said that, going back to it two years later it’s as if I am a completely different writer and I want to change everything. But I think it’s a measure of your progress as a writer if you constantly want to change things, and I think as time goes on that will slow down and you will eventually get to a place where you don’t want to change things nearly so often and you will get to a place where you think ‘That’s enough.’

    I would love to know what your novel is about…

    • Fizle (Elizabeth) Sagar

      Member
      6 November 2023 at 17:09

      Thanks for your input Carella. Its historical fiction set between Lancashire and America during the Civil War when the war caused the destruction of the textile industry in Lancashire.

  • Carella Ridley

    Member
    6 November 2023 at 17:23

    Oh, interesting – good luck with it!

  • Libby Leyland

    Member
    6 November 2023 at 17:28

    Hi Fizle, I think you’ll reach the stage where you don’t have to change things. I write historical fiction and the amount of knowledge required is extensive even though quite a lot of that information probably won’t end up in the novel ­čÖé

    By the way, as far as I’m aware, the American civil war led to big problems in Britain’s cotton mills and there were crises as a result. But the industry wasn’t destroyed.

    • Fizle (Elizabeth) Sagar

      Member
      7 November 2023 at 11:51

      Thanks for your input and you’re right, the industry wasn’t destroyed totally. But at the time, the mills were closed and there was no work so I guess for those who died of starvation it might as well have been.