’Tis the month of love (or heart disease); take your pick. We writers tend to have a similarly tempestuous relationship with our manuscripts, so I’ve written this list:
O, Manuscript, How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways…(just ten, don’t panic)
10. You’re new. You’re shiny. You’re brimming with bright, complex characters.
9. Those empty pages aren’t terrifying. They’re error-free.
8. You are my excuse for a computer browser history which can include undetectable poisons, eighteenth century table manners, last year’s Kentucky Derby winner and five different red velvet cake recipes.
7. I’m never alone. I have characters talking inside my head. (that’s normal, right?) Yes, they can wake me up in the middle of the night, but I'll take that over them not talking at all.
6. I now have the ability to type and eat simultaneously.
5. I can take all the lessons I learned from previous work and apply them to you.
4. I’m writing a new manuscript. I deserve chocolate.
3. And coffee. Lovely dark French roast coffee. In a big mug. With a cookie.
2. Those days of being in The Zone. Why, oh why can’t they be every day?
1. My manuscript takes place in England - which is where I am when you’re reading this. Yes, I love being a writer.
|Elspeth Antonelli is an author and playwright. Her murder mystery games "A Fatal Fairy Tale" and "Deadly Ever After" are among the top-selling mystery games on the web. All thirteen of her murder mystery games and two audience-interactive plays are published by host-party.com. She has also contributed articles to the European writers' magazine Elias. Connect with her on Twitter at @elspethwrites.|