Manuscript editing: getting the 2nd novel ready for publication

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It’s the first full week of 2016 and I am extraordinarily excited …

because it’s time to hunker down and get my second novel ready for publication!

I’ve gathered my materials and laid them out on our large formal dining table: chapter timeline, character profiles, 2014 – 2016 calendars (the years in which the action of my novel takes place), varied colors of pens and highlighters, the “completed” manuscript brought in from the iCloud and onto my iPad, and I’m raring to go.

20151229_122600This is gonna be hard work people, make no mistake about it, but the excitement I’m experiencing is palpable and even manages to keep me awake at night.

I believe in the story, I absolutely love my characters, and I sincerely detest those who are detestable, and I’m going to perfect this manuscript … at least as much as perfection is possible from me, an imperfect writer.

Hard work is the stepping stone that no one can avoid by simply leaping over or stepping around it. I’ve never been afraid of hard work, and I’m not going to start being so now.

Do you have a difficult task you are about to start that’s got you excited, or perhaps petrified? Is anything or anyone holding you back? Are you up to the challenge?

See also, First step for any endeavor, START! 

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4 thoughts on “Manuscript editing: getting the 2nd novel ready for publication

    Theresa Hupp said:
    January 8, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Good luck! And have fun with it.

    Jill Weatherholt said:
    January 5, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Believing in the story is a great start, Irene! Enjoy the journey!

      boomer98053 responded:
      January 5, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks, Jill. I hope I can do it justice.

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