Almost at the finish line for this story but somehow the line keeps moving further away

Like the title says, I am so close but keep finding things to fix or add. I started this story in late March, early April and still yet to publish it. Getting frustrating, I just want to press the publish button. Anyone feel like this?

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Where are you at I’m your story? I’m frustrated with a first episode that I have to revamp. First lol. I would recommend a story review first from someone open to it before publishing, especially if you’re becoming a perfectionist for your story. As long as there aren’t obvious mistakes from a reader point of view you should get a second opinion.

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This is me, but I’ve been holding on to my story for…longer than that. I’ve redone it completely twice already.

It’s just so hard to be objective with your own story! Everything seems ok, then you read someone else’s story and yours looks uninteresting by comparison. You go back and make all these little tweaks. You think it’s good now, but when you reread it all these great lines of dialogue spring to mind! Or you want to add short scenes here and there to add some indirect exposition or forshadowing.

So you added your new dialogue and wrote and coded the new scene. But now you have to think about how it fits with the rest of the story.

That means transitions! I always struggle with those. And now I have the MC in two back-to-back scenes! Am I focusing too much on her? Is it ok to use the word “I” in 4 consecutive sentences? And does anyone really care about a supporting character’s abandonment issues? Did I do a good enough job making the reader care what happens to her? Maybe I can cut down that scene to 10 lines. People hate wordy stories, after all. That lessens the impact of her story, though…

Back to the drawing board.

In reality, many readers don’t notice huge plot holes, let alone minor details. You’re the only one who gets to see the HUGE difference it makes to have a .65 pause versus a standard .75 second one. And if they do, they don’t care very much and just continue reading.

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PLEASE don’t be that story that makes a story pause for 10 seconds. Stories with trauma do this a lot and it’s so annoying they do it every episode and I click off.

but anyway, you shouldn’t be this hard on yourself. If you think your story is uninteresting you haven’t been looking at episodes trending stories lately. Stories glamorizing abuse with crap directing get millions of reads,

I’m not saying lower your standards though, As long as each episode gets to the point to develop another point and it’s not long winded or unnesscarily long like adding filler or holding on to a plot point to the point where its predictable and it becomes a looping story.

@Katie36 DM(Direct Message) me and I will reivew your AMAZING STORY!

Hahaha! Definitely not! That also drives me up the wall.

but anyway, you shouldn’t be this hard on yourself. If you think your story is uninteresting you haven’t been looking at episodes trending stories lately. Stories glamorizing abuse with crap directing get millions of reads,

Yep, that’s what it is. I tend to avoid the trending section altogether :grin:

Part of the problem is my story takes place in a dystopian world, and I have to explain how everything works. It’s a constant battle trying to make sure I have enough information not to confuse the reader, but also not cut out crucial details in trying to limit the length. I’m much, much closer to publishing something soon than I’ve ever been though.

Ready to find loopholes like The giver lol.