The Writing Life
to read boring stuff? Or worse, spend time
doing boring stuff? The
creative part of writing—getting to know
characters and discovering
plot twists—can be fun and exciting. Writers
stay up all night writing,
giving up precious sleep to write, write,
write. Many of us, at one
time or another, have chosen to write instead
of spending time with a
friend or lover, doing chores, or even doing
things we really should
have been doing.
But once those words are down on paper, we
need to decide if we want to
be published. And yes, being published is a
decision each writer makes.
So many writers are cavalier about this
decision—“Oh, if it happens, it
happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t.” Say what?
All those sleepless
nights, all those stolen moments, all those
burned pans should not be
for naught. You’ve spent hundreds of hours
getting your story down on
paper. With every great passion also comes
responsibility. God would
not have given you this passion to write if
you were not meant to
become a writer. And becoming a writer entails
published—sharing your stories with others.
This section of our Tips and Techniques
includes the information you
need to format your manuscript according to
specifications, a review of a few common
grammar gaffes, and an update
on that onerous of all critters, the comma.
And frankly, if taking your
writing on this final step of tightening and
cleaning bores you silly,
consider hiring an independent editor to do it
for you. Not only will
an editor clean up your manuscript, but she
will also tighten and
polish your prose until it sparkles.
The result? A manuscript you’ll be proud for
others to read.
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