Monthly Question: Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing?
Tyrean Martinson | Tara Tyler | Raimey Gallant | Beverly Stowe McClure
This is hard because I sound full of myself.
The biggest and best surprise was seeing the final product. Was that really me? How did I put it all together well enough to be entertaining?
I blame the editors. If you trust them, they will bring out the best in a work.
Sure, it’s hard to rewrite sections, or remove them. To change a word choice for something that seems wrong at the time (and turns out to be exactly what the story needed). Or to expand a thought. Or to hear the truth and know there’s a load of work ahead.
The learning process can be exhausting—emotionally and mentally. A good editor is worth more than I can explain here. So I say trust them. Not with just what happens above but with sharing your vision. Team up.
It’s all right to tell them how you feel. Especially if it’s important to you. Remember to pick your battles and always with respect.
After my experience, I understand all stories are team effort. Yet I still get a little thrill when I look back at the process. It is the one time (hopefully of many) that proves someone loves and believes in your work.
It’s okay to be excited. And I was!
Care to read something of mine. Well, try this short freebie: Dragon Eye
What about you? When does your fun begin?