Tuesday, September 1, 2009
ICU: Books in recovery
You've finished your manuscript.
It's... PERFECT. Okay, so you need to run a quick spell check through it, and maybe let your mom proofread it for you, but, agents, editors, eat your hearts out! LET THE BIDDING BEGIN!
What? No offers? No one banging on your door, driving up in a limo, begging you to pick them?
So.... I'm going medical on you today to give you a little hint as to why this strange phenomenon might be occurring. Given that, hopefully, daddy is getting out of the hospital today, I felt it appropriate to use a "hospital" analogy.
Writing a book is like surgery.
Seriously, stop laughing at me now. I'm serious!! You prep... have tests done, prepare, (some of you... unless you're a SOTP writer and then it's emergency surgery every time.).
You're getting ready for THE EVENT. In this case, it's writing your book.
The actual surgery is grueling. You're replacing parts, adding parts, deleting parts, at times you may have to have the paddle used on your book in order to jump-start it if it goes code blue. But eventually... you type the end. You squirt the glue that closes the incision, or sew the last stitch. (Can we all tell that I am NOT a doctor???)
Then... you're in recovery. All is well... right? Bring on publication!
Not quite. NOW it's time to RECOVER. We monitor heart-beats, check oxygen levels, administer pain medicine. There is sometimes grueling physical therapy. Because even though the body is FIXED... your book is WRITTEN... you still have to get it to tip, top condition.
Otherwise, your book is ineffective, it's in no shape to leave the hospital, it's in critical condition in ICU. You can forget running marathons anytime soon, heck you can't even go to the bathroom without someone assisting you (and ain't THAT a pleasant treat!)
The point is, we finish our books... but if you don't give it time and effort in going through the editing... er... recovering... stage... it may very well flat-line.
So what are you waiting for??? If you're in surgery, scrub in and get to work. If you're in recovery, start doing laps down the hall (okay... that doesn't QUITE work in the analogy) and get to editing! Strengthen that book, people!
Discussion: How is your "book recovery" going? Or are you still in surgery? Or maybe something else in your life needs some TLC recovery time. A marriage, a relationship, a job, your Bible reading, a diet (my diet is in MAJOR need of recovery this week!) Wow... now that I think about it, there are a lot of things in my life that could use a bit of editing! Hmmm....