Happy New Year! Yay for a new year, new goals, and new beginnings. To start mine off right, I've given myself the deadline of next Friday to finish my monstrous edit. IT. CAN. BE. DONE!
*Starts another pot of coffee*
That said, I'm still editing. I know...longest edit EVER. But I'm getting there! And it's going to be amazing.
Problem is, I've had to let my WIP sit. And sit. And sit. Which is what you're technically supposed to do per editors and agents. Hell, even the great Steven King advises to lock up a newly finished MS for a few weeks - allow it to ferment a bit. Yeah, I've never adhered to that rule. When I finish a MS, I'm right at it with the editing knife, cutting away. So this is going to be an interesting exercise. I'm already finding myself less tortured over the changes that need to be made. I'm more calm. More collected over the work ahead of me. And best, extremely motivated to get my hands on it.
Who knows, maybe good old Mr. King knows a thing or two about this writing gig.
Time will tell if it works for me. I'll be sure to report back.
What do you do? Let your bright and shiny MS rest? Or do you jump right into the editing massacre?
*Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for starting IWSG - a monthly blog hop where writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!*
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