What are the tools for an author?

In the beginning, it was simply a writing instrument and paper. That progressed to a typewriter, eraser, and paper. That moved forward to computers, computer programs, and paper and ink for the printer as some examples.

Now they have programs where you can talk, and the machine will type it for you. You have programs that help you with editing, for example, Grammarly.

As technology increases, it is within reason that eventually, we will be able to think of our works where it will be written automatically for us.

With each year comes challenges to learn something new enough to be proficient at it. With each step, the way it used to get further away from how it is now.

The writers in this area know me for a few things. One is I am a pantser and proud of it. I tend to write my manuscripts by hand, my only instrument being a notebook and pen.

It is a pain to type it up, but the juices flow so well for me that I continue to do it. But not only that. I get the satisfaction that I am doing it how it used to be.

No matter how you create your work, so long you get joy from it and produce a product that you are happy with, it does not matter how you got there.

Editing another person’s work is a good thing: Honest

I am a development editor apart from being an author.

Working on other writers’ works helps us zone in on editing and revising even if it is not one’s own. It’s good practice for when I do my work.

It also builds up relationships with other writers.

When we edit our WIP, we tend to glaze over mistakes by the millionth time we go over it as we meticulously want it to be as perfect as possible. It does not matter how minimal the edit is when we think we are closer to something we will never get to with our manuscript. Perfection

We can get close. We need beta readers, critique groups, and editors to help us with the process. And a long process it is especially if your WIP is a nice size from 80 K words and more. My Jasper Amazon parrot and Squirrel Mafia series are not even close to that. Yet, I have three manuscripts in that range, and getting ready to revise is daunting. Not to mention an unwelcome one to boot.

But it is part of getting our work out to the public.

We can’t avoid it. No, that isn’t right. We shouldn’t avoid it. Putting out a poorly edited product will only get you so far, even if that step one can see from one’s doorstep.

So, the better we are at it, the more your work will shine. Even if that means editing another WIP.

It’s okay to fail in writing: Seriously

t’s okay to fail when it comes to your writing. You have probably have already many times and will again.

How can we fail? For me, it’s grammar and tenses. Those are my Kryptonite, at the top of the list.

Another way to fail is failing to run it by an editor and critique group. Authors also do not learn about social media before they promote to the top of the world that their book is complete. Now, buy it. Failing to do the proper research for your book can doom it.

But there are instances where failing is needed to improve. One volume of my Jasper, Amazon Parrot series had me writing a three-page scene about elephants. I was sure these animals lived in the same area. It occurred to me to do a simple search when I finished the section. But I did so I could confirm I was right. I was so massively wrong.

One should define in their writing career what aspect of it you consider failing. For me, one way to stop submitting to publishers after getting rejected would have been a failure.

What works for me might not work for you.

I suggest you take a few minutes to determine the line between calling something a failure versus something you are okay with at the end of the day. It could save your sanity and those around you.

The Musings of A New Englander