First Editing Experience
Updated: Apr 24
My First Editing Experience.
The first question my editor asked me was, “ Are you willing to rewrite your manuscript?” Now, my heart should’ve stopped at that very moment, but it didn’t. Instead, I told her no matter what, my story is already written and I’ll do what it takes to make my novel the best it can be. It took me a year to write my novel and another four months to self edit. Not long after that I was lucky enough to find this wonderful editor. She has been so helpful and extremely professional. She was completely objective and honest with me from the very beginning.
So with that, I sent her my manuscript with each of us having a full understanding of how things will work between us. To my surprise she never once changed my story. She suggested deleting some parts and take out words, rearranging them for a better reading experience. She also pointed out plot holes and recommended areas to rewrite. Although this process was a lot of work, I still enjoyed this learning experience despite all my typos and grammar issues. It never stopped my creative mind from producing a story faster then I could write it down. I never ran out of ideas or a plot for my book. I knew exactly which story I wanted to tell and how I wanted to tell it. Nothing was going to stop me, not even my shortcomings with writing. Call it, if you will, an unstoppable perseverance.
Countless times I’ve heard where so many writers have had writers block. I would be willing to bet those same writers are superior with their spelling and grammar. I wish it was that easy for me but never once have I had writers block. I have concluded that no matter how challenging it may be, I made up my mind never to give up and believe me when I tell you, there has been many times when I wanted to.
The truth is, having a good editor can make all the difference in the quality of a manuscript. During this time she was my teacher and I was her student. I’ve learned so much from her and I thank God every day that I had found her. She could’ve just said, No, I’m not going to work with this amateur writer, but she didn’t. Instead she took me under her wing teaching me to be a better writer through the editing process. I’m forever grateful for that.
I call myself the Inspired Writer. I write stories about people who have inspired me. It turns out my editor has recently become one of those people.
Always remember. You're never too young or too old to keep learning.
Ann Marie Piche, Author and Inspired Writer