Thursday, September 10, 2015
Back to Writing
I've taken a needed, but much too long, break from writing this summer. Aside from writing my monthly articles for Two-Lane Livin' Magazine, I was beginning to wonder if I was ever going to write something new again.
This morning I decided I needed to send out at least one of my manuscripts. So, I planned to work on my cover letter and zip it out to the world.
The picture book I chose is one of my very favorites that I have written. It has went through many, many changes over the years (yes, I said years). It has been critiqued many times (by my critique groups, a professional critiquer and Rate Your Story).
This past June, it placed second in the annual West Virginia Writers writing contest. I can't complain about coming in second, because one of my middle grade novels placed first!
I thought this would be a piece of cake. It has been edited many times and placed in a contest, so it should be ready to submit. But, I decided to look at it one last time. I opened up the manuscript from my computer and took a look.
Was it ready?
No! I found many small changes I felt I needed to make - and, a couple of big changes.
Hopefully, these changes made it an even better manuscript than it already was.
My advice - never give up on your stories, never think they cannot be improved, always keep an open mind and let suggestions simmer and consider them all.
And - do not get in a hurry. Leave your stories for a while and then come back. I bet changes will pop out at you.
When you have did all you can do and you believe in your story - cross your fingers and zip it out to the world.