If you are new to writing you often believe that you can go through the process alone, âI donât need any help writing this novel no one is going to understand my manuscript better than me.â You think.
Even if you become stuck you still refuse to ask for help. After all youâre the writer; youâre the professional what professional asks for help! You donât want to feel like a failure, so what do you do? You continue to type or scribble along knowing what youâre writing doesnât seem to fit in with the rest of the story.
I remember the good old days when I was writing my first book. I actually was supposed to co-write this with a friend who didnât have a clue about writing (or so I thought).
Rather than consult her I just continued to write the book, well Iâm the one that has the degree in Journalism and is more clued up with writing than she was. But surprise, surprise I still needed help on various chapters, and rather than ask for her opinion I just dismissed the idea. I couldnât and didnât want to comprehend the thought of anyone else telling me what was wrong with my story.
So what did I go and do? I paid a self publishing company to print the book for me, (this was before I got a publishing contract from a traditional publisher). When the book came to my workplace at time I was extremely excited that during our lunch break I showed her the book, forgetting I was suppose to write it with her thankfully she wasnât angry she just said, âIâll take a look at it.â
The next day I was in for a shock; she ripped the story apart. I asked if she was upset with the fact I went ahead and started the book. Her response was no and she had other commitments that took up her time so she wasnât going to be involved with the book.
She was telling me this because she cared, and showed me proof of spelling and grammatical errors, even though I checked the manuscript for these over and over again. She also advised me on how I could improve upon certain chapters in the book.
âGreat I just wasted all that money on getting an unfinished manuscript published,â I thought. Now if I would have asked for help in the first place I would have saved myself a couple of hundred pounds.
So whatâs the moral of the story? Donât get stuck in the writerâs bubble, pop it open ask for help when you need it, get trusted friends, family, or agent to honestly review your work. No oneâs an island! You donât have to be stuck in the writerâs world, remember two heads are better than one.
Marie Grossett aka Vanessa Grossett is a published Author, and has interviewed best selling and award winning Christian Authors.