I’m feeling good this morning. Like I want to just be kind to myself and give myself a break.
Sometimes it can get a little stressful when you are writing your first book, all the expectations you place on it and feeling like you still don’t know everything you need to know!
But that’s when I take a deep breath and tell myself this is just the first step on a new journey.
A new path in which I am learning something new every day.
So if you ever feel like that with your projects or goals, know that it is OK to take a deep breath, let the stress pass by and know that you are working on something special and important which is why we tend to get so serious about it in the first place!
Writing for me is a joy and the way in which I relax and recharge my soul, so I remind myself of this every time I feel the stress and strain of it all get too much
I got feedback from the editor today and I don’t feel as bad as I expected I would feel.
I can already see how much help and difference an editor can make.
The great thing is that I no longer feel alone and that I need to do this by myself.
My editor is like a coach, imparting her wisdom and giving me guidance. But the ultimate decisions and changes to the book lie with me.
It’s my choice if I want to go ahead with any proposed changes. So trust your own instincts but keep in mind the expertise of your editor.
A good editor will ensure your voice stays in the text and understands the flow and content of the book.
The feedback I got was better than expected. I do have a lot of work to do though. Initially, I thought I would need only 7 days to do my edits but my editor thinks I will need at least 2-3 weeks!
This sort of makes me want to panic and I’m thinking why do I need that much time? Is it because the book is not good enough?
This is when I need to lock up my self-doubt and trust myself. I know my work and words are great. And this is my first book so of course, this book will probably take the longest to do.
So I have a lot of work to do for the next few weeks. The main thing I will focus on is reviewing the changes my editor suggested and filling in gaps such as quotes and research.
I know this is going to be hard but I also know it will be one of the most rewarding things I can do. I am literally working on my dreams and bringing them to life. I am living my passion so how can I complain about that?!
So here goes. This is the first time I will be editing after getting a professional editor’s feedback and I am nervous but excited. I know I can do it. I just need to ensure I give myself breaks and not be too hard on myself.
I need to remember that all these activities are making my book the best it can be so that the book can share its ideas and help as many people as possible. So I’m super excited about that. Here goes, I will keep you updated on progress.
How did you feel when you got feedback from your editor? Please share.