Back in the day, I used to print off my manuscripts, that way I could use a pen and highlighter on them. I don’t have time for that now and do most everything on my IPad using the simplest word processing app I can get away with. (At the moment I’m using Pages.)
I dug these papers out to show a friend who’s in the process of editing her book for publication. She’s printed hers out and has pen in hand. But she’s finding the editing process time consuming and burdensome.
Yeah. Editing IS time consuming and burdensome. Especially when you’re a big picture thinker, like I am. Focusing on the little details can drive a big picture thinker bonkers in short order. But before you can even think about sending your manuscript off to a copy editor, or a beta reader, you have to make it legible to other people, not just the inside of your head.
And that can take months, even years, especially if you’re looking at your first attempt to publish. I’m not even talking about a writer’s first novel here. Usually the first, second, and even third novel never sees the light of day. I wrote four novels, the first one in high school, before I’d gotten to the point where sharing them was an option…. Which leads me to another point. Critique groups. But that’s a story for another day.
To anyone out there who is spinning their wheels on a manuscript, hang in there. Unless you’ve lost all heart for it, then keep whittling away. If you want to barf everytime you look at it, then yeah, it might be time to move on. Otherwise, keep trying.
Peace and Love,