Where I’m at Wednesday
I am working hard to finish The Omphalos of Delphi by August 1st.
I hate to tell you this, but your manuscript with NEVER be perfect.
Writing a novel has its moments of gratification—creating scenes, characters, and dialogue. Sometimes it is very tempting to go back and edit before the book is finished. Over the years, I have learned not to get into this habit. Editing prematurely can cause frustration, obsessiveness, and stop you from finishing your goal. There are times when writers just need to write. Get your story out first, and then go back to do edits.
Once you have finished the book, cleaned up the story, fixed grammar errors, and added or subtracted the issues, you need to LET IT GO.
Did you know that you could over-edit and kill a story?
I started doing such the thing with my second novel. I kept going over and over it, trying to make it “perfect”. I wound up eliminating building blocks to my main character. I honestly didn’t think they were important, but after a friend read the reedits he told me that he didn’t like it.
Trust me, I know how difficult it is to hand the manuscript over to an editor. If you have your main problems solved and corrected grammatical errors to the best of your ability, you are good to go. Stop stressing. Stop obsessing. You can do this!