Three weeks ago I picked up my manuscript (MS) after a 5 month hiatus.
You might be thinking, think MS must be in the early stages, or the first draft for such a long break from my work but its not.
My MS has gone through 6 drafts and had just returned from the editor when I stopped working on it.
Why?!? You ask…
Because summer was on its way and I had just started a new job, and I was sick at reading the same story over and over again.
Over those 5 months I had also stopped participating in my writing community, and it was loss of community I felt that brought me back to my MS. After a Wednesday night zoom meetup of other fantasy writers, one of who also edited my MS, I felt rejuvenated and ready to look at my story again.
When I put my MS away, I was very close to sending it to literary agents for representation. All I had to do is review the edits and suggestions of my editor, write up a synopsis and start reaching out to agents.
5 months later I am happy I never completed those final steps.
My book is great. But with the distance and fresh eyes I am finding small ways throughout my MS to improve my story. There are no big changes planned, but all these small additions will have big impact.
Now, I am more confident that when do I send my MS out to the world (before the end of 2021) it will be loved, respected and enjoyed as much as I dream it will be.