My first heartbreak taught me to guard my heart a bit more.
My first job taught me that I didn't want to do manual labor my whole life, so I took my butt back to school.
My first child taught me responsibility.
and...I'm still learning from my first manuscript. I haven't quite put the lid on this one, though have it nicely tucked away under my bed. I use it as a learning tool of all the things I did wrong.
So what did I learn from my first manuscript?
- The end doesn't mean I'm finished.
- Writing the manuscript is the easy part. Everything else following is hard work. Be prepared.
- I need a road map and sign posts that indicate movement in the story.
- Writing the story as it needs to be told is one thing, writing for publication is another animal entirely.
- Bloated stories are never a good thing. Stick to word count guidelines.
- POV matters. There is a purpose. The manuscript needs to be more than a one person story when using multiple POVs.
I'm still learning from my first. What have you learned?