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Revising: When does it ever end for your manuscript?

I always figured the hard part of being one was writing the book. I soon found out writing the book was one of the easiest parts of the journey.

Revising is a big part of getting one’s book in the best shape possible. If you don’t have all the ducks in a row the novel may not go very far.

But how many revisions and editing is too much? Can you go overboard and make it worse?

I get the fact that we want it as perfect as we can make it. But revision can take up a lot of one’s time. If you are fortunate to be part of a critique group or beta group, that can help you shave off some of that precious time.

But there comes a point where you have to say enough is enough. I’ve done all I can do and move that manuscript forever. That is not easy to do. We want it to fly as well as possible. It may even come to a point where we become obsessive in our revisions and editing. I have been there a few times. It is not fun. LOL

But at the end of the day, we need to step back and evaluate how close we are to being done, are we just tired of it all and let move on or realize that you have done all we can without ruining your story. Only you can decide when you are ready. Let’s hope you don’t keep your fans waiting so long they move on.

Do you schedule your activity for your social platform?

Do you schedule your posts or social media updates, or do you take it week by week?

It takes time to come up with a blog post and more to put up on your platform. The time that you could use to edit, revise and write.

There are great programs that allowed you to do that. For Twitter, you have Tweet Deck and Hoot Suite, which allow you to schedule tweets for your people.

Here on WordPress, you can set up your blog posting on whatever day you choose, whether it is this week or next week, and so on. Facebook gives you the same option. If you run a newsletter, that also applies.

No longer being away from your computer for whatever reason keeps you and your brand from being stagnated, especially if you have a booming business.

A little bit of time can free you up for weeks if one has the patience to do so.

It is time-consuming to market one’s product, regardless of what the product is. Any bit of time you can scrap out to devote to writing is a plus in my book.

DO you write when you are away on Vacation?

When you go on a trip, regardless of what reason, do you still write, or do you take a break?

Years ago, I would bring some form of implement for me to write, whether that would be a tablet, laptop, or simply a notebook and pen.

In the beginning, I would get some form of writing down. As the years went by became writing less and less to not doing a lick of work.

Taking time off when life gets in the way, and it has a habit of doing so, can get one out of one’s routine of doing things when it comes to being an author.

Depending on how much we take off will determine how easy it is to get back into our routine. Sometimes it is easy peasy to get back into it. Other times we struggle.

When I am away, I tend to think about writing in some form. Writing is still a joy for me, and I will continue to do so until it stops being so.