I've been at this writing thing for a while now, not that I've published anything yet. (That's another blog.)
But I remember that when I started seriously, this writing thing seemed hidden behind an impenetrable wall of rules, a million do's and don'ts. And to be honest, I know that I'll never really know it all, and if I do, writing would become a very boring "job" indeed.
But last night my 15 year old asked me a question about writing, about how to organize the writing within the chapter, and what kind questions to ask to guide the story along the right path.
And as I talked with her, I realized that even though I thought that because I haven't published yet, and thought I hadn't learned enough, I had learned enough to explain those rules to my daughter.
It gave me a confidence to realized that the obstacles I face right now are of two kinds: those of my own making, like not finishing novels, or ones I have no control over, like what agents or publishers think of my work.
So when do you know that you know enough? That you you're to the point that it's just your personal bugaboos that you have to overcome?