So, my newest project is getting more full requests than I originally anticipated which is great- nothing helps you get over a near miss better than a new request to see more.
But then I did what you really shouldn’t do when your manuscript is out with agents (or maybe you should. I dunno).
I reread my MS.
And about three quarters of the way through my stomach began to sink. Why do I still have so many dialogue tags? Why do I have to describe everything the characters do when they speak? Why do I always try and smush two sentences into one?
I went completely comma-kaze on my MS’s ass too. Comma’s splattered everywhere.
Who writes like that? Why can’t I be normal! I caught two more grammatical errors that made me cringe. Not to mention how many glances and looks are thrown, cast or given or how often people ‘gaze’ intently, roll their eyes, shrug their shoulders, and run hands through their hair. It’s like every character in my novel has severe T syndrome. They just can’t seem to speak to each other without rubbing their hands all over themselves and ‘eyeing’ everyone and everything in some bizarre way.
Dear GOD! What have I done?
Why do I even bother to hope? I’m not worthy!
You are delusional my poor girl if you ever thought this was good writing....Someone should take away your keyboard and bar you from pens and pencils to be sure you can never write another crappy sentences structure or overused adverb ever again....You should be sent to writer’s purgatory to burn in the fires of bad-writing hell....
You get the idea.
Has this ever happened to you? Gah! How could I have missed all the pet-peevy crap BEFORE sending it out to agents?
Hope ya’ll had a good weekend!