There comes a time when you need to stop editing and let your precious manuscript fly into the world. But the trouble is, when do you know it’s ready to do this?
- Numerous people are telling you enough is enough.
- You are sick of it and can’t bare to edit it again.
- A professional editor is telling you so.
- You read it and can’t find anything major to add to it.
- In your heart you know that editing is simply a way of procrastinating.
I’m not chastising you for taking a long time with you manuscript, far from it. But I am trying to get you to see that sometimes we hold onto something in the hopes of making it perfect. Newsflash, it ain’t ever going to be perfect, nothing ever is. If one of the above points rings true for you, take a step back and seriously consider the next step with your manuscript. I promise you editing is not it, at least not by you. It is possible that a professional editor needs to look at it, but you certainly don’t.
The reason I’m telling you this is because I’m guilty of it. A friend looked at me this past week and asked me why the hell I’m editing again. I knew the moment she asked that I was procrastiediting in an attempt to avoid rejection. Rather a sobering moment. So in hopes of stopping the procrastination I promise you guys that this will be my final edit of A Balance of Secrets. And I’ll be done with it by New Year’s Day. There, it’s done, set in stone.
Then I’ll take it to the Masterclass with Fiona McIntosh in April. She’s a published author with loads of experience, so I’ll take her advice, give my manuscript one final polish and send it out into the world in July. I’m quietly terrified, but pretty freaking excited as well. Wish me luck 🙂
Have a wonderful and creative week everyone xx