The other day I quit work on a novel. It feels complete, ready for another set of eyes. Almost every other time I’ve reached this point with a novel I ended up revising again, and I anticipate that will happen this time too. I’m not sure what makes me think the novel is at the right point to send along to a reader, maybe because when I revise it’s similar to what Ron described below: wordsmithing with reverberation. And the reverberation was no longer happening, so the wordsmithing, I guess, was more accurately just dinking around. We’ll see. What gauge do others use for deciding “This is it”?