Let Jan know how long YOU put YOUR completed manuscript to the side before the final edit?
I recently picked up a novel I had worked on for six years. I can’t count the number of revisions I completed on the manuscript. Yet nothing seemed to help. I got discouraged and put it away.
My life had gotten pretty complicated during that time, so I used it as an excuse. As the weeks went on, I found it easier and easier to let it go. I did not want to pull that manuscript out. It was a mess and a waste of my time. That’s how I felt anyway.
I didn’t stop writing. I picked up a new project. I had an idea for another novel and began to flesh it out. I also continued reading books written by successful novelists and took some more on-line classes. From my perspective, that first book had a great premise (a fact confirmed by one of the agents who rejected…
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