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A writer’s life isn’t always terribly exciting, although exciting is in the eye of the beholder. I’m editing. To the outside observer, this doesn’t look like much–just a woman sitting at her computer. I get up and wander to the fridge from time to time. I stop and hang out with my son for a little while. Then I sit back back down and stare at the computer again.
It is exciting, though, because this is the last step before I submit SMOOTH AS CHOCOLATE with my heart strings and fingers crossed. This one will be sent to Harlequin’s Heartwarming line. You see, my writing is all about setting goals.
Second goal: plot the outline
Third goal: write the first draft
Fourth goal: edit
Fifth goal: submit
It’s the same with every book, and I give myself a timeline for each goal. I find that the secret to success is goal setting. An idea without a goal attached doesn’t go anywhere very fast. Writers write, but professional writers write with a goal.
So while you might see editing as the process of hacking apart a first draft, I see editing as my fourth goal (complete with timeline) which will allow me to move on to submission.
Which still might sound a little dry, so you’ll just have to trust me on this: EXCITING!