In honor of Mother's Day, and as a mother of three, I want to talk a bit about parenting. Parenting your manuscript that is. Take a look at this post via Agent Carly Watters. It got me thinking. We do treat our work like our babies, and I get it, but it isn't always healthy.
So how do you KNOW you're in that unhealthy zone?
- Do you read for revision, but see nothing that can or should be changed?
- Do you have a suspicion that the minute you send it out in the query world it will be gobbled up immediately?
- Do you like your own writing better than anything else out there?
What should you do if you're there or close (even on occasion)?
- Put the manuscript in a virtual drawer and start working on something new. Because you know what? Until I'd written several manuscripts I was so enamored with my characters it was hard to concentrate on other things. Now I enjoy diving back in with old friends, but I can separate myself just fine between.
- Make sure you use good critique partners. You have to have another set of eyes. Trustworthy ones. It takes time to find good ones, but they're worth their weight in gold. And be open to criticism, even if that means holding off for another day or two when you get notes.
- Force yourself to rewrite a section. Even if you think it's perfect. Start over and do something different. Maybe try a new POV. You'll realize there might be more than one way to say things.
Any other tips? Have you ever fallen into this trap?
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