You`re absolutely right.
I can`t even tell you how many times before my book was published that I said, "Awwwww, who gives a rip?!?" Then I`d go back and read parts of it again and I`d say, "Dang it, this is good. The world needs to know this." I`d go off and try to forget about it. Then I`d suck it up and get writing again. It`s a crazy making process - especially without support and someone knowledgeable to tell you you`re NOT going crazy.
You`re creating something out of thin air when you write a book. Especially when you have something original to say. You think you`re a little out of your mind because it hasn`t been done before - at least not in the way you want to do it. And you`re giving yourself "permission" to be an expert or authority in the biggest way and THAT takes cahunas.
Craig, to finally finish my manuscript I went to a B&B in the mountains (twice) for four days each time with the snow and the fireplace and wrote and edited like the wind. I finally went through it all over and over and over again. Ernie brought me tea, M&Ms and and carry-out Chinese as I wrote. I filled in the gaps. I got rid of anything even remotely fluffy. I`m not a fluffy writer any way - but that book is lean and muscular like a Ferrari.
Yes, Craig, a good editor is essential because you get to the point where it`s hard to SEE it anymore. When you`ve read it so many times you`re pretty much blind to the tiny nuances and details. My mentoring clients always want me to help them with the editing and I`m great on the first big pass through - for sentence structure and overall structure. But my 49 year old eyes seem to miss little tiny things like a comma instead of a semi-colon and other such stuff. I advise them to get an editor for that.
All the best,
Denise Michaels, Author, "Testosterone-Free Marketing"
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