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The Book of My Heart

https://i0.wp.com/www.inkart.com/images/lineart/pen_hand.gifSeveral 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?

http://thebookofsayings.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/book-of-my-heart-1.jpgOftentimes 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.

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22 thoughts on “The Book of My Heart”

  1. Hello Katherine! Love this blog post! yes, because I have one such manuscript like that now. It will live in my heart forever. And I’ve heard this expressed by other writers too. Thank you for voicing this out. It’s always nice to meet another writer with similar struggles and concerns.

    1. Hello, Miranda! The fact that several other writers, such as yourself, experience this love for a manuscript is interesting. It is an undying love that shall never pass. Perhaps it is because the characters are tied to the writer’s personality. Perhaps it is because the plot was born of the writer’s own experiences. Perhaps the themes and motifs relate to something tragic, joyous, or fundamental. Whatever the case, thank you for commenting. I always love to hear from other writers.

  2. The problem with a detached writer is something about that stance comes through in the writing. There’s nothing better than reading a story written by an author who writes from the heart – you can just tell. Good luck with your pitch in October. 🙂

    1. Thank you! I’ll take all the luck I can get for my pitch in October. Oftentimes, I think the detached writer remains detached to avoid getting too close. Rejection is inevitable in this business, and sometimes it can hurt. This logic is understandable, but I personally prefer to pour my heart out into my writing. It does show.

  3. I know how you feel! I haven’t written a proper full-length novel, but sometimes even in short stories (even flash fiction if you can believe that) the characters are my babies and I’d be horrified if an editor (for example) wanted to make major changes to them.
    Good luck with your pitch in October!

    1. When I was committed to magazine publications (which wasn’t too long ago), I put my heart and soul into my short stories and poems. I most certainly understand how you might feel the same way about the characters in your flash fiction and short stories. You just love your own creations! Thank you for the well wishes 🙂

  4. I have yet to figure out how to detach myself from my work. I survive by simply saying that I can’t please everyone. Still mastering the art of not getting angry at negative reviews. Getting a lot better. Good luck.

    1. Thank you! Publishing is a business, and I think several authors keep that in mind to remain detached. If it works for those authors, then kudos to them. But I must agree with you when I say it is difficult to detach one’s self from a manuscript. Nor do I think I’d want to. Maybe it’s best if you don’t ever figure out how to remain detached.

  5. It’s hard not to become attached. Usually by the time I’m doing final edits I’m no longer in the “live the book” phase, and am bored by the minutia. Then I’m nice and ready to get lost in a new manuscript.

    1. Even through the final edits a part of me is still in love with the work. But, yeah, usually at that point I look forward working on a new project and delving into a new world. Right now I’m in just that transition, lol.

  6. What you describe here is interesting! I think that we fall in love with whatever we’re working on at the time, pretty much like the hero and heroine do. It’s an initial and natural stage, I find, in the writing process. I read an article recently (sorry I can’t remember where, could it have been a link on Radish Reviews?) that the more we get to know a person (ha!), the less we like him/her. I think that happens when we write as well: the initial mystique, excitement, enthusiasm; then, there’s a down time, the “winter of discontent,” I guess. Eventually, as with a friend or lover, we make our peace, reach equanimity. But whatever you’re feeling at any given time is useful for making the writing better: not to be questioned, but validated!

    1. Hello again, Miss Bates! I apologize for this belated reply. Not too long ago I was working on edits for my novella with Harlequin Australia’s Escape Publishing. During the edits, I remember going through the work and absolutely loving every sentence. Every word. I even thought several of my changes clever, but I was ready to move onto another manuscript. Thank God I am working on the “Book of My Heart,” but the reverence for my contracted novella is still there. The worship and adoration for all of my manuscripts is still there.

  7. Thanks for liking and following my blog-I followed back!
    I love your home page-WOW, the story really captured my attention.
    God’s Blessings.
    Robbie (aka RobbyeFaye)

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