Congratulations—you’ve finished your novel! All those months (maybe even years) of blood, sweat, and tears have finally paid off in a 50k+ word manuscript of epic proportions. Smooth sailing from here, right?
Sure. Unless you count the months of equally blood, sweat, and tear inducing edits ahead of you. Suddenly that sailing looks a little less smooth.
But fear not! Many an author has survived the editing process, and you will too. The first step is, of course, simply surviving the initial read through.
Edits can be daunting. No matter if it’s a kindhearted email from your CPs or a full-on letter from your editor, there’s always a moment after your first read through where you’re overcome with soul-crushing doubt. That manuscript you thought was finished now stares up at you from your laptop, mocking you with holes you didn’t see before, plotlines that don’t make sense, and incomplete character arcs.
But remember: this moment of doubt is perfectly, 100% normal.
And most importantly: it will pass.
I’ve done at least a dozen or so edit letters, and every single one of them has gone this way—an intense moment of doubt mixed with panic (that can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days) followed by that ever-lovely release of acceptance.
So no matter how crippling your moment of doubt may be, I promise you. I swear to you.
It will pass. You will be fine.
And your book will kick. Ass.