Waiting for edits: Not always easy

Waiting can be so incredibly hard.

I am waiting for my editor to work on two of my manuscripts. One is in its last edit off to the publishers. The other one is just in the first round of edits, so I have some time to get that one into shape.

So, while I wait, what to do?

I could start another project, work on my social platform, or any other avenue. Or, I can waste time and not do any of that, which is what I have been doing. Life always gives us things to do.

I have been working at the house by cleaning, cooking, and taking care of errands.

But now it’s time to sit down and decide if I work on volume five of my children’s series, volume two of my humor series, or finally get to work on a project I just have not given enough time. I don’t know to be honest.

As authors, we tend to have more than one project. I have more than I will be able to complete and get published. The ideas just run rampant in this noggin of mine. That can be good and not so good.

I need to reorganize my office of WIPs I have, supplies, research, and maybe something will inspire me to work on while I wait.

And because life has a sense of humor, I will probably hear from my editor, and that is where my direction will head before I make any headway.

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.

The Musings of A New Englander