Just got notes on the first draft of my sequel to Rise Again from my tireless editor, who fortunately for me had electricity after the hurricane. There's always something terrifying and liberating about an edited manuscript.
On one side, it's passed a test; it's become a book-in-the-making rather than a really huge text file. It's in the world. On the other side, what wasn't working, what needs to change or improve, is revealed by someone who does this for a living. So it's painful to let go of the self-flattery that got the first draft written and move on to the rigorous work of making a novel out of a manuscript.
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