Earlier this week I wrote about my experience of editing my manuscript. It didn’t really surprise me that many people who commented had similar experiences. I guess it’s the nature of writing a book, especially, if it’s the first one.
So, in case you’ve been grappling with the process too, below is a short audio, as well as written statements to help you take the edge off your struggle around editing. The statements are based on people’s comments, so they include a range of experiences. Their purpose is to give ourselves compassion for difficult experiences we had on this path. The power of self-compassion is astounding and can help dissipate difficult patterns with ease and grace.
Would you join me on this inner exploration?
If you prefer to read the statements, please take a couple of breaths to ground yourself, bring your attention to your heart centre and solar plexus and give yourself warm heart energy.
- I’m so sorry editing your work takes such a long time
- I’m so sorry you had to go through so much heartache to put your work out into the world
- I’m so sorry you lost the count of the edits you had to do to improve on your work
- I’m so sorry that the process of writing a book is so daunting that you never even attempted it.
- I’m so sorry that you are holding back
- I’m so sorry you sometimes get impatient with yourself and your work
- I’m so sorry the process is not easier and more straightforward
- I’m so sorry that it feels like you have to walk through fire to get your books published
- I’m so sorry you had so many trials and tribulations on this path
- I’m so sorry you send your work out into the world and don’t even hear back from agents and publishers
- I’m so sorry you take their lack of response personally
- I’m so sorry you lose faith in the quality of your work
- I’m so sorry it takes so many re-writes and revisions in order to improve on your manuscript
- I’m so sorry too much external input may take away from the core of your book.
That’s it for now. Take a deep breath in through your nose and exhale through your mouth; bring your attention to your feet on the ground; and have a glass of water at your earliest convenience.
So, how was it? Let me know below, please.