Thursday, August 25, 2011

Cutting the Cord

I sent out several eBook advanced review copies (ARCs) of Weaving Destiny today. I would have liked to read through the manuscript again from start to finish.  But the time has come to cut the cord.

The book has been read, critiqued, and edited by over half a dozen people.  Consistently, they've liked it as well or better than The Soulkeepers. Still, I found it next to impossible to let go.  I was tempted to keep my manuscript safe and warm on my desk where it couldn't be poked or analyzed by reviewers.

Well, I didn't REALLY want that.  A book is written to be read.  So, I helped my baby book onto the bus, hoping that these first experiences with the big bad world would help it to grow into the novel it was meant to be.

It's hard to move on. I loved writing Weaving Destiny. But other babies are waiting to be born.

Do you feel the same way about your writing?  Do you obsess over making your manuscript perfect when you know it's time to move on?

3 comments:

  1. My heart was in throat as I read your first paragraph. I can imagine the feeling of sending your book 'out there' for public viewing for its first time. But it's more than ready. Weaving Destiny is an excellent book. Good luck!!

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  2. I feel the same about my books. I'd rather keep them to myself, being the perfectionist I am. They will never be perfect enough. One day, I'll cut the cord.

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  3. Here's something to think about. I have a good friend who recently got feedback that her manuscript was over-written. Over-written means the writing is so grammatically correct or descriptive that it looses its personality or its voice. I felt like that's where I was going if I went through WD one more time. I'd be hurting it as much as I was helping it. Cut the cord, Miranda!

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