While working through round three of editing my manuscript, I wrote myself a few reminders for the future. I thought it would be fun to share, and perhaps save you from learning the hard way (like I did!).
- Make sure the story’s conflict is strong from the get-go, and realistic. It’s hard to insert this in future drafts!!
- When you’re tired and overwhelmed with the manuscript, tuck it away for a day. Sleep on what’s bothering you. Things will be so much more clear the next morning.
- Remember: when writing or editing, focus on one page at a time! When there are 120 pages, the stack can be quite overwhelming. For your own good, only take it one page at a time.
- Be kind to yourself. Be kind, be kind, be kind.
- Use bright colors when editing.
- Sticky notes solve it all! (thanks, Rachael Herron!)
- Receive comments with an open mind. You may not agree with what readers say, and that’s perfectly okay. But at least consider them, and don’t be offended that they didn’t think your story was perfect. There’s no such thing as perfect, anyway.
- Remember: you may not feel like this book is the one… but write it anyway! Complete it! It provides practice, experience, growth, and a starting point. Finish it, be proud of it, and keep going.
Have you learned a few lessons about writing and editing along the way? Do share!