If you are a Type A personality perfectionism rears its ugly head a lot, no more so than in your writing. How many times have you heard a writer say, “I’ll send it in, but…” But, it needs one more edit. But, I need to make some changes. But, it’s not perfect yet. But, its not as good as Nora Roberts, Stephen King, or Clive Cussler (whatever your genre may be.) But, but but. Face it, people. It is never perfect. Yes, you can make it the best your can, and you should. But, it will never be perfect. I know published writers who don’t read their published books because if they find a mistake there is nothing they can do about it. And that irks them to no end.
Polish the story until it shines. Check grammar and spelling. Make sure you have GMC and all that other stuff we take all the classes to learn, in your story. Write tight and take out unnecessary words and plotlines and characters. Be sure the characters are real and unique. Make it the BEST it can be, then send it on its way. You can’t get published with a manuscript sitting under your bed collecting dust bunnies. You can’t let the world enjoy your stories if you don’t let them go. Lots of writers compare their stories to children, I don’t go that far except when it is time to let them go out into the world. You do the best you can and then you let them go.
Are you a perfectionist? Do you have trouble letting go?