Every three to six months my writing takes a leap up a level or two. It’s amazing and wonderful to gain new skills and insight. It’s crushing to reread my “finished” manuscript.
During my few months away from my YA and my adult book, I took Margie Lawson’s Deep Editing Packet as a self-study.
I thought I had a handle on cliches and rhetorical devices. Revisiting my adult manuscript, I found almost 1-2 cliches a page in the first two chapters.
I didn’t employ the power of three in rhetorical devices.
I missed opportunities with the stimulus-reaction-recovery process.
*Head in shredder*
And suddenly, advice I thought I had processed and responded to appropriately, I realize I never fully addressed. UGH!
How did I miss all this? How had I gone through multiple drafts and beta readers without catching these things?!
Because you don’t know what you don’t know. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. It just means you can’t fix it yet.
Because everything can be fixed in time.
Still as I prepare my manuscript for the Writer’s Digest Conference in January, I can’t help mumbling, “Dumbass,” to myself and smiling because no matter how smart I think I am, writing provides the opportunity to move from idiot to almost knowledgeable over and over again in a lifetime.