Got edits back on book two of my Music For The Heart Series, Promise to Fulfill., After reading through them, I literally wanted to throw in the towel and say, "Screw it. This editing process is too much work. I can't take it anymore!"
I stepped away from my evil computer and chose to read a juicy novel instead, to help quiet my frustration and get lost in a fantasy world, which would hopefully inspire me to edit my novel.
The following morning I woke up feeling refreshed, with a plan set in motion on how to make the desired changes requested which in turn, will make my manuscript read better and make it more beleivable. Isn't that purpose of editing? To make the storyling more cohesive, fix errors and inconsistencies? In my opinion, it doesn't take away the fact that it's still a pain in the ass. Just saying.
And so now I have begun the tedious and laborious job of my first revision process of book two.
It's so easy to want to quit doing something when it gets difficult or challenging. But where does giving up get us?
Perserving through the challenges makes us stronger. At least that's what I've heard and been told. Sometimes I question the concept.
I'm focusing on book two - one task. I'm puting aside thoughts about second edits of book one, Hold Me, and first edits of book three, Risk Worth Taking, and the Hilltops novella, Eternity.
Narrowing my focus to one thing has revigorated me to move forward and proceed.
Quit? No. I love writing too much. It's the damn editing that gets me each and every time. But as with everything in life, with the good, comes the not so good . It's always a balance between the two. My husband had to remind me before going to bed that night to take it easy and chill out because my mind remains on a constant to-do loop. Ah, the joys of being a mother and a woman.
When the pressure gets to be too much, let's pause, take a breather, and then re-evaluate the situation. Hopefully, with a clearer mindset, we can move forward - unlessof course it's something we need to step away from becasue it is self-destructive or harmful to our mental and physical well-being. Just keeping it real.
Here's to taking a time out and getting our mojo back, baby!