Sunday, February 28, 2021

Do I have to call the writing police?

You poured your whole heart and soul into writing your manuscript. It may be good. It may even be really good. It may even be perfect, even in Pulitzer Prize contention, but do not. I repeat do not tuck the manuscript into an envelope, do not seal the envelope, do not send the manuscript to NYC. Please put the manuscript down and slowly move away from the desk.

But why do I have to put it away? Ever hear of the saying "Absence makes the heart grow fonder"? It's true—for lovers, and for writers. It's only the first draft, and falling in love with it could be fatal! There are visions that must be done!

Do I have to call the writing police? Save me the trouble. Set the manuscript down for revisions. Put it away. Hide it if you have to! Whatever it takes! Leave it for a few days, a week, even a month! The longer the better! Well, do not wait too long. Then go get it. Sit down with it. Go ahead. Open the manuscript. Read it. Go ahead. I dare you. Read it.

OMG! Wow! You did not think you wrote a pop-up book, did you, but it seems like you did. The errors! You did not see before, did you? They are leaping from on the page like firecrackers, are they not? Now, after all the smoke clears, begin the revisions. When you are through, I guarantee it. What you thought was good manuscript is now even better, right? See. I told you so.

Well, that is the good news. Wait. There is bad news? Yep, it is not over, not by a long shot. Set the manuscript down. Put it away. Even hide it if you have to.

Ugh, writer, do they have to break down the door of the sanctuary your writing room? Do they have to point their firearm like a laser beam right at you? Do they have to say, "Please put the manuscript down and slowly move away from the desk"? Do I have call the writing police?

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