A question for J.A. Prentice

Q: When do you decide a story is finished?

A: It depends on the story. Some stories burst into existence and write themselves in a matter of days or even hours, leaving only a little polishing to be done. Others slowly accumulate writing and edits over months—maybe even years—until I’m finally content with them. Sometimes I’ll think a piece is finished, only to find myself reopening it later and starting a new round of drafting and edits.

Usually, I decide it’s finished when it reads like a story, and not like a draft. It’s a feeling more than anything else, but when you’re a writer, you have to learn to trust those feelings.


J.A. Prentice’s story “Shades of the Sea
in Metaphorosis Friday, 28 January 2022.
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About J.A. Prentice

Joshua Adam Prentice was born in the United Kingdom, grew up in the Bay Area, and currently lives in the Pacific Northwest. He studied English and Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. When he was five, he was attacked by a monkey, which annoyingly proved to be the most interesting thing that has ever happened to him.

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J.A. Prentice’s story “Shades of the Sea
in Metaphorosis Friday, 28 January 2022.
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