So you might remember I finished a massive rewrite of my project Transparent last month. As much as I know it's a better book, I also know it's still not perfect. Rewriting a whole book is weird—it's kind of like a first draft but not at the same time.
Anyway, I thought I'd be a good writer and do a close edit before sending it out to readers. There had to be things I could improve on my own, and I want it in the best condition possible. Surely I could pick out the problems by myself...
I am editing, but more than anything I find myself continually saying, "I don't know what's wrong! There HAS to be some huge plot hole or character flaw or other big issue to fix! Why can't I see the problems? It just can't be perfect—I'm not that naive."
That, my friends, is the point at which you must send it off to other people. No matter how scary or how unfinished or whatever. You've gone blind. You're too close to the story. You need to step back and let other people be your eyes.
So I'll finish this "edit," knowing it's not done but not really being able to do anything about it. I can't wait to send it off to readers more brilliant than myself, because I know they will see things I'm missing and help me improve. And next time I edit I will have plenty to do, I'm sure.