The accumulation of items regardless what your venture is

With whatever your venture is, that comes the inevitable amount of products associated with them. If you are a painter, you will have paints, brushes, canvases, easels, and more. If you are a photographer, you will have cameras, lenses, tripod, flash, carrying bags, clothes, and more.

It is not different when it comes to writers. One will need a tablet, laptop, or desktop, printer, printer paper, and in my case, notebooks and pens since I do write by hand the majority of my manuscripts.

I have endless books on writing that I go back to often for research and relearning. At the moment, that covers right now three bookcases. Ugh.

As someone who prints out her manuscripts in various stages, I prefer hard copies to edit, those take-up space which means a file cabinet that is chock full of writing implements, hard drives, thumb drives, and handouts.

It goes on and on.

Some of these are necessary. With any venture comes the avalanche of equipment or accessories you will eventually end up needing.

And while my office is getting filled even though it is a decent size office, it is getting filled up.

But it is a comfy office that when I sit back in my chair and look around find it is the right environment for me to be productive as an author.

The joy of Revising One’s Manuscript:Yes, I’m joking

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 when 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 to being done, are we just tired of it all and let move on or realize that you have done all one 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.

How much support do you get for your writing?

What kind of support do you get from those around you and in your circle about your writing?

When I started on this path, my first encounter was with a new group out of a local library. There were seven of us, six being librarians. I even kid if I needed to be a librarian to be in the group.

But from that group came so much information, support, and help in a way I didn’t have before and didn’t know I needed until I met the ladies.

It was eye-opening and amazing at the same time.

How many of us have such support? Do we get it from our friends who aren’t writers? Do we get it from our family members?

If we get any support apart from other writers, that is huge and just welcoming. Some of us get most of our support, if not all, from other authors.

But when our relatives and friends purchase our books and support us in any way, that just is added boost to our mental and writing state.

As I have said repeatedly on this site, writing is a solitary profession. One has to have discipline and motivation, to name a few, to write when it is up to you to get it done. So, when one has support, regardless of where it comes from, that helps.

The Musings of A New Englander