Several wonderful writers and authors through the RWA have imparted their wisdom to me on a number of topics. One such tip I have received is to not become too attached to your work, for a number of reasons:
1. It might become rejected by agents and/or editors.
2. If a book does indeed sell, it will undergo revisions with an editor. These revisions could be light or very heavy. Scenes might be dismantled and altered, sentences thrown out, and scenes changed.
3. A bad review might rip your work to shreds once it is available to the public.
Perhaps some distance is acceptable if the writer is fragile. Neutrality might work for some, but all I know is that I cannot keep my passion contained for my work. I do keep some distance under certain circumstances, but when I am writing I become lost in my writing. It is difficult to describe, but I become one with my work. Is that such a terrible thing?
Oftentimes a certain manuscript might become the favorite of a writer. Even those who try to remain detached do have one such work that worms its way into their heart.There is just something special about that one piece. Maybe the connection with the characters. Maybe the love of the scenery. Maybe a fondness of the plot. Maybe the book carried you through difficult times in your life. Or maybe it is the best thing you have ever written. Whatever the case, I believe most writers have one such manuscript.
Mine? The manuscript I am currently revising. And I will be pitching it to editors and agents in October. Face to face at a conference. What I love about this book is, well, everything! I become the characters when I write the book. I see the storyline unravel as I type away. I drift off into another world, another dimension.
Of course this happens with every manuscript I complete. Only, there is just something extra special about this one work. Something that I hope to one day share with readers, bookworms, and romance addicts alike.