Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The Wednesday Discussion: Hate to Part With Your Manuscript?
Is there a completed manuscript sitting in your drawer, or on your hard drive or thumb drive? Not only is it completed, it's been critiqued by others, revised countless times, marinated, and revised one last time after marination.
Do you have one like that waiting to be submitted, but for some reason, you just can't part with it? If so, what's your fear? Is it not perfect enough? Are you afraid of rejection?
In my opinion, no matter how many times a manuscript is revised, if read yet again, it can be revised even more. I'm thankful I'm not a perfectionist! At some point revisions have to stop.
I just sent off a recently revised manuscript after a period of marination. However, if I'd read it just one more time, I'm sure I would have changed something else. But now it's in God's hands!
If you have a manuscript ready to go, but suffer from separation anxiety, can you explain why? Remember, you've written a story no one else has written that you'd like to read. And someone is out there who'll love it enough to publish it so others can enjoy it too!
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