Whether it’s submissions, revisions, a query letter or sample material be careful you are truly ready to send it out. While everything can always use another read and you never want to be too cautious, it’s much more common that writers send things far too quickly. Often occurrence: hitting send too fast on revisions.
Are you ready to hit send?
- When edit notes come in make sure you take lots of time to think through them. Edit notes are not usually set in stone so think about what works best for the manuscript. Jumping into editing before you’ve had a chance to think about the consequences for all characters can lead to swiss cheese motivation.
- Sometimes the ‘answer’ comes after deep thought, not rushing to get words on the page.
- Remember the butterfly effect: anything you change will have consequences to scenes around it.
- Was the manuscript revised with a deep purpose for the characters and/or plot or are you trying to superficially satisfy another reader? Convincing revisions come from deep within and believing that the edits will make the work better.
- Have you done a developmental and structural editing checklist?
- Do you know which passages to cut?
- Did you start your novel in the right place?
- Learn from your edit letter and edit notes. Those industry standard terms, punctuation, and tips are going to help you for manuscripts to come.
- Be careful not to interrupt the flow of your existing pages with new edits. Sink into that voice and take yourself back to when you wrote the original pages and find that initial inspiration.
If you finish revisions at night, sometimes it’s better to wait to send until the morning…
Q: Have you ever hit send and thought, “I should have waited”?
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