How does one openly accept critique of something so personally created over years of writing, drafting and re-drafting? It’s something that I was very anxious about as I sent my manuscript away to my editor. What would she say? How could she possibly know the characters and their stories well enough to offer any advice that I hadn’t already agonised over a thousand times in my head?
Well the first round of edits came back to me a few days ago and I’ve since been immersed in working through the first few chapters. I have to say, I had no reason to be worried. The advice I’ve received has been great, both positive and suggestive and has made the whole process, dare I say it, fun!
I’ve enjoyed revisiting familiar places with a fresh perspective and I can see how the macro as well as the micro suggestions will result in a much better story for my eventual readers.
If any of you out there are wondering whether an editor is the way to go, then I’d say go for it. It’s worth it!
We’ll see if I’m still so enthused after three rounds of suggestions!
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