Almost done-now what?

I can’t believe it. I’m almost done. My new WIP is almost complete.

Okay, yes I’ve finished writing it. All 28 331 words of it. And the most bizarre thing-it’s finished in time to submit it to the anthology that interested me. And yes, even the synopsis is written.

HOWEVER (yes, of course there was going to be a however), everything cautions me not to submit it. Why not, you ask? It’s simple, really. While the manuscript (and synopsis) may be written, they are not quite complete.

This point, now, is where the hard work should start. Now I need to polish the manuscript into shape. Toss out what shouldn’t be there and add what should. More importantly, now is the time when I need to rest it, when I need to put a little distance between myself and the book, so that next time I look at it, I can view it objectively.

Obviously, if I submit it tomorrow, I will have no time for any of this. I’d be committing writer no-no number one: submitting a piece impulsively. Submitting a piece that has not undergone any rewrites.

Yes, I know this. Yes, I know it would be daft, but come on…! I have never written a book in a month. Books take me ages. A year per book. Can’t I be impulsive just this once? Can’t I take a chance and not obsessively rewrite every word 75 times before finally feeling satisfied that I have nailed it? PLEASE?

So, what’s the worst that can happen? The book will be rejected? Well, isn’t that okay? Can’t I take the rejected work and rewrite it then? Or will my self esteem not be able to cope? (Lord, who am I kidding. Of course my self esteem would never cope.)

AARRRGGGHHH!

Decisions, decisions. What do I do now?

Jess

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