Right now I want to tell you what to expect when you get your manuscript back from the editor.
Okay, I'm getting off the beaten path, aren't I? So...back to what happens when you get your manuscript back from the editor.
You are expected to make those changes within a certain amount of time. I have 15 days. Scary, huh? While I didn't have many of the issues I talked about above, there were some other things she wanted me to change or add to. See! If Jaime were reading this, she'd scratch out the 'to' at the end of this sentence. Once again...my hillbilly language.
Which brings me to the final point of why my editor, Jaime, is my new best friend forever.
Because I am not as good as I think I am. Nor will I ever be. Ever.
If you're going to be a writer - hey, I'm talking to myself here as much as I am to you - you have to get over yourself. It's a craft you hone for the rest of your life. You never really 'arrive.'
A good editor may do all your re-writes and changes for you. But a great editor points out what is wrong as well as right about your project. A great editor will discuss ways and ideas for you to to make your story compelling and entertaining in ways you never imagined.
I didn't think I had anything else to give to "False Victim." Wrong.
With Jaime I feel I'm being challenged to dig even deeper into my creative energy. I really felt like my creative well, on this plot, had run dry. Not so. That, my friends, is the type of person you want for an editor. Someone that make you achieve what you thought was unachievable.
Until next time....
P.S. It is easy to become so engrossed in your project to neglect yourself. As a result I won't even tell you how much weight I've gained (boo-hoo!). But it's important that you not sit all day. Get up. Move around. Take a walk. Ride a bike. Better yet, ride a horse!