I am so glad that I came across this site while I was doing agent research. It’s amazing for that. You can read about firsthand knowledge of how other writers have interacted with certain agents. If they are good or if you should avoid them.But, more so than just that, I’m glad I found the site because I thought my manuscript was ready for the querying stage. After reading through posts and critiques I realized it isn’t. That saved me from the pain of querying when I know I’d just get rejections.I thought that minimizing my manuscript would be too difficult. I was sure I had it to the point where all the words mattered. Then I started to critique others and realized oh! I do that, too! I was still scared to start the revision process because editing down a manuscript that I have been revising for ages seemed impossible. If I didn’t catch it the first hundred times I revised it how would I catch it now?But then I started and 48 double-spaced pages in and I’ve cut nearly 10,000 words. I want to cut 70,000 more and I already have scenes in my head that I know I don’t need. I’m excited again about Descendant’s Diary. Yesterday, I wasn’t feeling confident about my writing or skills. Now I am again. Crazy how that works.
Writing a novel is like a roller coaster ride. One minute you think it’s great and having fun the next you don’t. I saw this image at one point somewhere at AW:
And it was exactly what I needed.
Thank you AW