Okay, so where have I been? Well, guess what? I got my manuscript back from Lisa late last week! So what do you think I’ve been doing? I haven’t had every day to work on it, mjp has been sick, poor thing, but I’ve been spending most of three days or so with it. I’m into it a little bit now.
It’s been exciting actually, especially since all the red-lining is not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. And while Lisa said she was going to be tough on me, it is filled with validations. And they aren’t just arbitrary complements either. Not only does she “get” me, she understands what I’m trying to portray in the style and the voice that I’m meaning to portray it all in. I couldn’t ask for anything more.
Still, that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a shitload of corrections. I’m not a pro-writer. There was still grammar correction I didn’t know, but I was paying particular attention to getting my concepts across in a voice the reader wouldn’t be bored. I need them to stick with me because they care about the story. That’s really important to me, especially because I am addressing so many subjects and so many characters. Things get very complex at times too. The dynamics of relationships and the things I managed to get myself involved with. I found out that all of that is reading well. I am so relieved! I just need to tweak it here and there. Some areas, more than others. But you’d expect that. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be though.
The main thing I feel that Lisa has given me though, is mad confidence. And not the kind that fades like a great compliment. The kind where I can trust myself in the same way I trust myself as a painter. That’s the only way I can describe it I guess. It’s not like she’s giving me a false sense of ego either – I can’t ignore the fact that I still need to study the hell out of my Strunck & White, it’s more like a feeling of being able to ask myself the tough questions but then having the ability to answer them on my own.
So one more round of this. It won’t be nearly as tedious as the first. I’m already coming up to the quarter-way mark (I’m pretty sure). Yes, already. Just doing some adding, deleting, rearranging, etc. It will be done before you know it. Then it goes back to Lisa for a final edit.
Will keep you posted.