Hello, friends! Welcome to March’s meeting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. If you’re a writer and if you feel in any way insecure about your writing life, click here to learn more about this amazing group!
This year, I was fortunate enough to spend Valentine’s Day with my one true love: writing.
Well, actually I spent Valentine’s Day (and many other recent days) reading and reviewing the notes from my editor. I had to invent an elaborate color coding system to keep track of everything. I marked changes I agreed with in blue, changes I disagreed with in orange, and changes that I had questions about in pink. Thank goodness I bought all those pens in pretty colors a few months ago!
Having my manuscript professionally edited has turned out to be a slower, more contemplative process than I expected. My editor has given me a lot to think about. It’s tough. But I’m not going to dwell on that today, because if you’re a writer, you already know how tough every aspect of the writing process can be.
But I do want to share something about this process that I wasn’t expecting. For those of you who feel anxious about turning your manuscript over to an editor, this might help alleviate some of your fears. There were several sections of my manuscript that I was especially worried about. I’d agonized over these sections for months and couldn’t find a way to make them any better. To my surprise, my editor did not flag these sections as problems.
At our last meeting, I asked about this. My editor read through a few of those sections again, shrugged, and told me I was worried about nothing.
Writing is still tough. Editing is still tough. But to have a professional look at my manuscript and tell me to stop worrying about this part or that part or those other things—what a huge relief!
Next time on Planet Pailly, we’ll compare a real scientist to a movie scientist.