Monday, February 4, 2013
Handle With Care
Like many of us, I have put my work out there when it is too new for feedback. The resulting damage taught me that early drafts are like newborns: they need coddling. Eventually, as they grow up, they can withstand more challenges. In fact, a manuscript won't thrive without challenge. Until it gets to a certain robust point, though, it needs shelter.
How do we know when a manuscript is ready to leave the nest? I haven't sorted this out. I also don't how to protect that baby manuscript from the worst critic of all, either: how do I shelter me ... from me?