Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The Art of Juggling by Susan Anne Mason

I never realized that being an author would mean learning to juggle. Not that I hadn’t been prepared by my ‘pre-publication’ life. After all, I juggled being a wife, a mother, a daughter, and a church secretary. Plus, I wrote in my spare time.

And you’d think that with my twelfth published novel coming out on October 13th, I’d have this writer’s job down pat. But these last few weeks have proven me wrong.

In July, when I turned in Book 2 of my Redemption’s Light series, I felt pretty pleased with myself. The book had flowed well, I thought, and I’d finished it without the usual stress of a looming deadline. Then about 4 weeks later, I got the Revision Letter from my publisher. My last couple of revision letters weren’t that bad. This one, however, had me paralyzed.

It looked like a major rewrite was needed, and I had no idea where to begin. I started by doing more in-depth research. At the end of that time, I still hadn’t even opened the manuscript. Somehow, I forced myself to begin, telling myself that the original story would be intact no matter what mess I created with the revisions. Painstakingly, I rearranged chapters, which created a dominoes affect throughout the rest of the book. I added new chapters, deleted old ones, went down several rabbit holes, then deleted half of the new content. I ended up asking my publisher for an extension of the deadline, which eased the pressure a great deal. And if it weren’t for my dear friend and critique partner, I don’t know if I could have finished. She pointed out a few glaring problems with some of my character’s actions that I’d been stubbornly refusing to change, and I finally got it.

In the midst of these trials, big changes were happening in my job as a church secretary, adding to my stress. Plus, I had a new book releasing soon, and I needed to do some work promoting it. Finally at ten p.m. on the day of my extended deadline, I was forced to stop trying to make everything perfect and simply submit my revised manuscript. I had to “Let go and let God.”

The moral of the story is that sometimes the most daunting of tasks can only be overcome by taking one painful step at a time. Secondly, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Lastly, in the end we have to trust that God has us covered and that everything will work out. I had a lot of people praying for me, and I know it helped. (I’ll let you know when I get the verdict on my revised manuscript!)

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy “A Haven for Her Heart”. Its message is near and dear to my heart – a story of true redemption for my heroine, Olivia.

And I wish you good luck with whatever daunting tasks you are facing!

God bless, Susan


I never realized that being an author would mean learning to juggle. via @samason #SeriouslyWrite

 

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Susan Anne Mason’s debut historical novel, Irish Meadows, won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors Chapter of RWA. She is the author of the Courage to Dream series and the Canadian Crossings series. Also a member of ACFW, Susan lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two adult children. She loves wine and chocolate and isn’t partial to snow even though she’s Canadian. Learn more about Susan and her books at www.susanannemason.net.


Purchase Links for:  A Haven for Her Heart by Susan Anne Mason

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10 comments:

  1. Thank you, Sandra for inviting me here! I hope my experience helps some other writers!
    Cheers,
    Susan

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    1. Glad to have you, Susan, and thanks for sharing that experience. I think we all have those times when we feel overwhelmed by all that needs to be done. Your advice to take it one step at a time is great for someone like me who tends to try to multi-task. :)

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  2. Thank you for sharing your experience, Sandra. I have certainly felt overwhelmed after receiving revisions from my editor. It's a terrible feeling. Thankfully, I've learned to remind myself that God has carried me through the challenge in the past, and I trust He will do it again. I'm sure your revisions will come back clean. This was a terrific post that many writers will relate to. Thank you.

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    1. Hi, Jill. Thanks so much for your comments. I think it's important for authors to share with others because sometimes we can feel so alone in these endeavors and knowing others are in the same boat can really help!

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  3. Today is a writing day filled with "juggling". From current WIP to blog posts to critique pieces for writing groups, I will be writing all day. I love my writing life! :-)

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    1. That's great, Melissa! Glad you've got it all worked out!
      Susan

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  4. Welcome, sweet Sue! Thank you for sharing this post with us. Oh my--I was practically holding my breath as I read about your journey while revising your manuscript. But I'm sure the end result will be another delightful book that will touch readers' hearts.

    Your post is going into my "Keeper File" - - important reminders I need often!
    Hugs from Georgia, Patti Jo

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    1. Hi Patti Jo! Lovely to hear from you! And glad my words could be helpful.
      Cheers,
      Sue

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  5. How wonderful to have you share with us, Susan! What a journey you took for this book, but I completely understand, and I'm thankful you persevered. From what I've seen and heard (from your friend, Sally, for one), the reviews for the new book are overwhelmingly positive. I'll definitely be checking it out! Blessings to you as you continue to write for His glory!

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    1. Thank you so much, JoAnn! I appreciate your kind comments. Sally is a great cheerleader!! I'm very lucky. :)

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