By Leslie Lindsay
Writing is not for the weak at heart. Writing is hard. Writing takes persistence and determination. And that is what I am up for, I think.
Just when I had finally settled into the crazy routine of summer and had sort of “gotten over” the intensity of producing a manuscript at the hands and suggestions of my review board, I got an email from my editor. “Are you ready to start working on revisions?”
“Uh…great! Yes. No. Really?!” All of these responses went through my head at record-speed. Let me break it down:
- “Great,” is like this: “At least I feel like they are taking me seriously. Exciting news from the publisher.”
- “Yes,” goes this way: “Of course. I am the writer and I am happy to oblige with whatever you tell me.”
- “No,” is how I sort of /kind of feel: “Didn’t I do this already? I’m in the swing of summer. I have kids home that need to be entertained. I am sort of on a roll regarding my fiction writing. I just want to sit around and sip iced tea and read a novel.”
- “Really?!” goes like this: “Gosh this seems awfully “grown-up.” Someone sat and read my entire book–this is her job! She has made suggestions for improvement and asked for clarification in some areas. Wow. This book is going to be read not just by her and me….it’s going to be read by a lot of people. Really?! Wow.
And now, I have some work to do. Thanks for letting me vent. Write on, Wednesday!
What’s the title of my book? Oh yes, “Speaking of Apraxia: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding and Coping with Childhood Apraxia of Speech” due out in Jan-March 2012.