If You Want Perfection, You’d Better Be Prepared To Pay For It!

Some authors opt out of having manuscripts professionally edited.  I guess they think it’s an unnecessary expense.  Some authors just don’t know specifically what an editor does so they fail to see the value in hiring one.  And SOME authors may think that their friends and family members can read a manuscript and find any spelling/grammatical/plot issues, for FREE.  Because this is certainly a group that would always deliver an unbiased opinion, right? 

The reality is that a professional editor can bring to light soooo many things that you never considered before, specifically if you are completely new at the writing game (which I AM).  Let me give you an example that always springs to my mind when I am glorifying my own editor.

Head hopping.

Whaaa?

Yeah, I’d never heard of it either. Basically, it means that within one scene, the author delivers the story through multiple characters’ points of view.  The term came about because thoughts are jumping from one perspective to another, making it very confusing for the reader to identify and understand who in the scene is driving the story.

I had no idea that this concept even existed.  And I totally abused it, until my editor pointed it out to me.  I also wouldn’t have known that some publishers will reject you immediately if any hint of head hopping appears in your manuscript.  But she completely opened my eyes to this and subsequently provided so many other little pearls of wisdom she’d collected throughout her career. 

Now, I know that the Internet provides endless volumes of information about a plethora of writing topics and if you know the right people to ask or websites to research, you could probably find out a heck of a lot on your own about the evils of head hopping and the like.  But for me, having that go-to person who is intimately involved in the publishing industry and can teach the tips and tricks required to produce a stellar piece of writing is worth every cent.

Think about it this way.  Perception becomes reality.  If the world sees your work as sub-par, so shall it become.  And how many people will want to buy another one of your masterful creations then?  I’m guessing not many…

There’s A Story Inside Me…I Just Can’t Figure Out How To Tell It

Writing

Writing

I’m not usually one who gets crippled by writer’s block.  But when I first started writing Unlikely Venture, there were many times when I didn’t know where the story was headed.  I made a lot of notes but had no outlines or synopses prepared as reference.  I was always anxious to write because I wanted to find out what would happen next in the story.

The second time around, I find myself in a similar position.  Except now that I actually have the story for Nothing Ventured in my head, I just can’t get it out.  I’m choking on the words and when I finally cough them up, they’re flat.  There is so much to this story but it’s not shaping up the way I want.

So I returned to the outline concept.  It’s helpful but I still feel that I tell a more powerful story when it’s written off the cuff.  A guide is all fine and good but the writing flows when I don’t draw parameters around the chapters for what has to happen when and who needs to be involved.  New and different twists come into play when I just type.

Maybe I’m hitting a wall because I promised myself a break this weekend.  I hope so.  I don’t really want this to be a one-hit wonder.  =)

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