For the first time in far too long I finished a draft of a story and sent it out to the Incognitos and a couple other first readers.
The working title of this story is “the demon story” and it is special in that it is by far the oldest story still in my “active” folder. It has its roots in the very first story that I started working on when I started seriously trying to write fiction for the pro markets, back in the 1990s. I have versions of this story dating back to 1995.
It’s also unusual in that it’s the only story that I’ve finished a draft of and then neither submitted nor abandoned.
The usual advice—almost universal advice—is that you not endlessly rewrite the same story. You’re almost always ahead of the game to simply write the best story you can, finish it, start submitting it, and then go on to something new. At some point, if you can’t produce a submittable draft, your time is almost certainly better spent working on a story that you can finish.
For this story, I’ve made an exception. I like it too much to submit a version that doesn’t work.
However, I’m done with it for now. Hopefully, the critiques will tell me that it’s nearly working, and give me a few tips for improving it. If so, it’ll go out to editors very soon.