A Writer's Ramblings
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Should you hire a professional editor right away?
NaNoWriMo is over! As you bask in the glow of your victory and December frost, you’re probably asking yourself what’s next. You’ve cranked out 50k words, and you are buzzing with the excitement of success and productivity. Now you’re ready for the next step. You’re ready to hire an editor.
Whoa, hold your metaphorical horses.
Ah, the freelance life. It is not for the faint of heart. You may experience strong cases of “pajama fever” and forget the day of the week. You will likely come to know more about your clients’ daily routines than those of your family, and your response to questions of, “Doing anything fun this weekend?” will be tearful laughter.
In case you have not experienced the joy of freelance life, here are a few GIFs to help you get the feel for it.
When you lose your planner, and the world refuses to stop...
Actual footage of a freelancer in her natural habitat:
Loitering becomes an art form. “Yes, I bought something! Twelve hours ago. Is that a problem"
Boundaries do not exist. “I’ve been working for 72 hours straight? Just one more email..."
Yes, we work in our pajamas. It’s a beautiful, magical thing.
Some days, we feel like we’ve made a terrible mistake.
But the smiles on our clients’ faces make it all worth it.
And by smiles, I mean emojis. Because we live on the Internet.
Some days it feels like there’s just too much to do.
But we always wake up ready for more!
Wow, there is so much stuff going on. I’m having trouble keeping track of it so I thought I would take a moment to update you on everything happening right now and everything coming down the pike.
As I was writing my post on dialogue, I thought, Wow, I've been rambling for a while now. And so I have. I've been talking about reading and writing on this blog since last summer, and as much as I enjoy corrupting you all with my ways, I realize there are other idea-filled writers out there who are farther along in their personal journeys than I am.
So I presented them with a question: What advice would you give to a new writer?
And now, drumroll please, I present you with their answers.
I know, another editing post. Go on and roll your eyes. I'll be back to writing soon, and then this madness will cease. But for now...
Two quick disclaimers:
1. Take all writing rules with a grain of salt. You are the writer.
2. These are editing tips. The only red flag in a first draft is a blank page.
With that said, here are a few red-flag words. If you see these during revision (because I know you're not editing during your first draft) give them a second look, and make sure they really work.
It's traumatic, I know. You put time, energy, and pieces of your soul into your words. And then you're forced to (whisper it with me) edit.
You print your darlings (you'll never know true love until you hold your manuscript for the first time) and then you use your blue pen to tear them to pieces. Or your red pen, if your heart is made of ice.
I've discovered a shocking lack of literature addressing the grieving process following the mutilation of a manuscript (the "killing of darlings," if you please). To that end, I present the five stages of writer's grief.