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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Editing Outside One's Comfort Zone

I have longed for someone to push me to help my manuscript be the best it can be. Finally, I have that. As many of you know, I have the wonderful good fortune to now be mentored by agents Nicole Resciniti and Louise Fury thanks to the RT contest that I placed in. They are taking me in directions I would have never thought to go, to new horizons that I didn't think I could achieve. It isn't easy, but that's all right. I didn't expect it to be.

One of the biggest lessons I'm learning is to revise outside of my comfort zone to help transform my manuscript into the very best it can be. I'm also learning to look at the industry, what readers desire, and what genre dictates to help guide me. Don't get me wrong, I am not fitting my manuscript into a mold. But I am looking at each part of the big picture and approaching my writing from a business perspective, not just an emotional one. This is possible one of the hardest things for us writers to do, but it's also one of the most important.

By adopting this new perspective I'm thrilled to say that it has freed me when I didn't even realize I was holding back. I'm diving into this revision with my eyes wide open and my comfort zones tossed aside. It has given me a sort of fearlessness, a confidence that yes, I can do this.

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  1. Yes you can do this! So happy for you:)

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    1. Aw, thank you so much Laurie, that means a lot to me. :)

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  2. Congrats on your agents. So excited for you. And glad they are pushing you to edit in ways you're finding helpful.

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    1. Thank you Natalie! Their advice has been priceless.

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  3. Congrats to you! I can totally see how having to stretch yourself beyond your comfort zone can be freeing, especially when revisions have been so difficult (for me) to tackle. I tend to get through one or two revisions and give up. It makes sense that writing emotionally, but revising with a business mind would help the process. Best of luck to you! <3 Christy

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    1. Thank you ladies! And you're right, it definitely does help, in ways I never imagined.

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  4. It's wonderful that you've gotten this great opportunity. Being able to take your craft to newer and greater heights is such a powerful step. I look forward to the great works from this new liberation.

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