Friday, April 22, 2016

The Five Stages of Revising Your Manuscript

The Kubler-Ross model was created to describe the emotions we go through when faced with death and loss, but after struggling to edit my manuscript, I realized it could fit the revision process pretty well, too.

Denial: I don’t really need to change this. It’s fine. Every story has plot holes. So what if mine does, too? It’s fine. Really. No one will even notice.

Anger: It’s not fair! There are successful books that have bigger issues than this, but the reviewers will never let me get away with it. And how dare anyone suggest I change a word of my perfect manuscript? It's not my fault if some people don't understand it. Did they even read it carefully?

Bargaining: What if I just make this other change instead? That’ll be good enough, right?

Depression: I’m never going to be able to fix this. I should just give up. On this manuscript. On writing. On everything. I’ll never be a successful author.  

Acceptance: It’ll take some work, but I can fix this.