I live to edit. Really.
Just tell me what to do, I’ll do it.
I just received some advice on one of my manuscripts: flesh out some of the characters a bit more. I added 5000 words. The novel is better. Much better.
I sent it to my agent for a read before resubmitting. Her advice: cut some of the narration to quicken the pace. I cut 3000 words. The novel is better. Much better.
One thing I learned early on in writing: listen to what the experts say. There’s a reason they have successful jobs as editors and agents. They understand the market. The point, after all, if you are a writer, is to be PUBLISHED. And publishers only want to publish what they think will SELL.
They are not led by their hearts. They are led by their minds. Writers who are unwilling to take advice never become authors. Those who learn to take direction end up with their name in bold print above a small title—-eventually.
I’ll bet, if you ask him, he doesn’t mind being edited.
Direction is always better than sitting in your pajamas, drinking one more cup of coffee, staring at words you’ve read at least 100 times. If I can’t think up my own idea, give me one of your brainy ones.