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Panic Attacks and Manuscripts

  • Posted on June 24, 2017 at 1:23 pm

So I have finished the manuscript for Knight of Kuryle. The first draft is entirely done. I’ll be running through several more drafts, of which I’ll explain in a moment, but for now, I am done with it until the 15th of July. Four weeks is a long time to wait, for someone used to working non-stop on their novel. Four weeks is a long time to wait for anything.

I’ve been experiencing an emotional upheaval during this time. It’s only been three days and I’m having more panic attacks than ever before. Just a few minutes ago, I had the largest one yet, where I couldn’t breathe. Luckily, my friend and roommate knows a calm-down method for panic attacks, and was able to help me get it under control. I still feel vulnerable and weak aftewards, however.

Some friends I’ve talked to about it say that it’s possible that there are a lot of feelings tied into the manuscript, and my finishing it has created a void where the manuscript used to be, which is causing the emotional upheaval. I think it’s something simpler. I’m scared.

You see, I’ve done the easy part. I’ve done the part I know how to do. I’ve written the first draft, and completed an entire story. I’ve done that before, and now, I’m in new territory. Now I have to edit. Now I have to polish. Now, I have to tear my beauty apart.

My writing mentor, Chris Votey, has listed a set of steps for my next drafts of the manuscript. They are as follows:

  1. First draft of manuscript
  2. Content edit
  3. Grammarly edit
  4. Ginger edit
  5. Word doc spell checker
  6. Content edit again
  7. Language edit – Looking for overused words and adverbs
  8. ReRead
  9. Chris goes through it
  10. Repeat.

I’m glad he gave me this process so that I could record it. No book I know goes into such detail as to give you exact instructions, so I thought I’d write it down. It’s useful to know what other authors are doing when it comes to editing and writing.

On top of all of this, I am reading and researching for my next project. A regency era romance I’ve named “A Deeper Love”.  Look forward to snippets and deleted scenes in the future! I’m currently reading On Writing Romance by Leigh Michaels in order to figure out how to write this romance properly! As someone who has had little luck in romance herself, this is especially important. ALWAYS RESEARCH NEW GENRES.

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