In a previous post, I talked about how I felt like I could go on tinkering with my current WIP forever, but there are some days (today) when I just want to be done.
I can see the end. After one more round of revisions, I’ll have to read it through at least once again for editing purposes, but then I should really be done. And then, I will be able to send queries off to the agents I’ve been researching, develop a nail-biting habit while I wait for rejections, and open a beautiful new blank page for Book 2 or Project New or whatever the heck I want.
My goal is to start querying before Christmas, but on days like this, I can’t wait! I want to query NOW. I want it to be Christmas NOW. I want hot cocoa and snowmen and Christmas carols NOW. I digress… Querying. I wish I were already querying.
On days like these, I need to remind myself of a few things:
1. It’s not ready yet. This is a problem for two reasons. First, I don’t want to mess up my chances of getting an agent if there are problems in my manuscript that I already know I should fix. That would just be silly. Second, deep down I know I want something even more than the immediate gratification of sending queries and getting this WIP off my back: I want to do justice to the story. I want to do my best, and that can’t happen overnight.
2. Beta Readers+CP’s=GOLD. I’ve only had a few people give me feedback so far, and it has been extremely rewarding. I would be cheating myself and (again) not doing justice to the story if I stopped progressing without taking advantage of the valuable feedback of others.
3. Querying is irreversible. Perhaps this states it a little too harshly, but by sending a query to an agent you’re telling them you have a finished manuscript ready to hand over. You can’t say, “I just decided I need to change something, so can you wait a few months?” That is an excellent way to ruin your chances with an agent. In most cases, they don’t want you to query for the same project twice.
4. Perspective. Compared to the span of my entire life, a couple months is very, very short. (I hope. Oh goodness, I hope.) I should be able to endure a few more months of perfecting my manuscript for the sake of increasing my chances of long-term success.
5. And once again: It's not ready yet.
So, impatient as I am, I’m going to stick with it until I make this novel shine.