Once again, I’ve been woefully absent from my poor, neglected blog. (I’m sorry blog.) And apologies to my three readers. *waves at Mom*
I’ve been buried in Revision hell for a little bit. Everyone knows RH, right?
It always starts a while back when:
- You emerge from your writing hole, blinking and pasty with a final draft in your hot little hands.
- You read over your fabulous, incredible manuscript, one final time.
- You take a deep breath–hit send–and notify your family: ”EUREKA! I’ve done it! I’ve just written the next Harry-freaking-Potter.”
- You walk by the mirror and give yourself that little ‘Hell yeah’ chin thrust along with the ‘dude, I got this’ wink. Don’t lie. You know you do it.
The Edits come. *cue ominous organ music*
Whether from your agent, writing group/partner, or from a professional editor. You started reading through them and you realize just what a hack you really are. You bang your head on your desk a time or two. That little smirk disappears toot-friggen-sweet.
Then, you fall to your knees and thank your lucky stars that you have such a fabulous agent, phenomenal writing group and/or partner, and you belly-flop right into those edits.
Aaand…You end up where I am now. That nail-gnawing, stomach cramping space where you’re waiting to see if your manuscript needs more work. Or if it’s THAT time…. Time for the S word. Submission. (or the Q word, if you’re seeking an agent. I’m betting the two processes feel pretty much the same.)
This is a new place for me. So while I wait for my badass agent to decide, I’m going to follow the advice of MY amazing writing partners (who are so, SO much smarter than me) and start the next one.
What about you?
Are you waiting on news, either S or Q?
If you’ve been through this, would you share your method of maintaining your sanity through the wait?