Monday, March 19, 2012

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

I received some editorial feedback on the first draft of a book I had written at the end of last year.  This particular book is intended to be the companion book for Hooked, set to release some time next year from Harlequin TEEN. 

*Cues the squee music*

The feedback was marvelous (yes, Virginia, editors really do rock the house!).  I hadn't looked at the draft--hadn't even had time to think about it--in the last four months.  But it reinforced for me how powerful the gift of time can be for a writer, how incredibly important it is to put a piece of work aside after you've finished it and not think about it for a while.  Now, four months later, I can jump back into the draft with a clear mind and renewed energy. 

I had such a good time diving back into my characters.  Reading each chapter, I had moments of "Wow, that transition was marvelous!" to "What the heck was I thinking when I added that piece of dialogue??" and probably every emotion and reaction in between.  Now some hard-core editing can truly begin.

Bottom line: Wait =  Goodness

16 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Always good news to hear!

Joanne said...

The magic of time, it always works in our favor. I really enjoy the revision process when I can delve into the story ... Enjoy!

Heather M. Gardner said...

It's like visiting with old friends! My fingers are crossed for a smooth road of edits!
Heather

Angelina Rain said...

I wish you lots of luck with your Harlequin TEEN book and this new WIP.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Congrats Liz,

I am delving into my first novel now and trying to restructure it. I had been diligently working on my second novel, polishing it for a new round to querying. So I know how you feel.

I am so happy that you have a wonderful support and editing system.

All the best. Take care.

Kristabel Reed said...

WOOT! It's always great to have that rockin' feedback. Congrats!

Karen Walker said...

Awesome!
Karen

raelynbarclay said...

Whoot Liz! Enjoy the magic :)

Danette said...

That's awesome Liz! Glad you're going back to this piece with so much enthusiasm.

cherie said...

Good luck with your edits!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

One day I might return to my YA series and I'm sure I will experience the same joy rediscovering my characters.

Colette Martin said...

And she's back!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

The passage of time gives us the gift of seeing our work with fresh eyes. It's nice to have enough distance from our words to be able to appreciate them anew ... or to kill them without suffering too much pain.

Alleged Author said...

How excellent to receive positive feedback!

Stephen Tremp said...

Good things happen to those who wait. Congrats! on the great news.

Jean Davis said...

Yay for good news from editors! :) Time is indeed our friend.