Tuesday, May 10
Just trust me!
This is my friend Pam. She doesn't ride a lot, but she loves horses. So last fall, I asked her to ride with me on the Grand Mesa, a beautiful place I love to go to. I chose Anastasia, a former dude horse, one I knew to be trustworthy, safe, for Pam.
We loaded up our lunches and set out. We wound through trees, crossed a couple of creeks, and went over downed timber and through meadows. All normal stuff for me. When we stopped for lunch, Pam mentioned that she hadn't expected to ride like that. But she trusted me...and the mare to keep her safe.
A big word.
Writing, especially critiquing, comes to mind when I think of trust.
It takes a lot of trust to turn your beloved baby, your manuscript, over to anyone to read, pick apart. You have to know that the person(s) are ones you can trust to have your book's best interest at heart.
Unfortunately, it's not always that way. Sometimes, you can find a critter who wants to school you. Take you to the whipping post. All for their own ego.
But this isn't about those critters. This is about the kind who you can send your manuscript, and know that they're going to make it better. The kind you know that when your pages have strikethroughs and lotsa red, it's a good thing. The kind you can trust.
Your agent. You have to be able to trust him/her to know when/how to send out your book. To let go of the control. To believe that person has the best possible plan for your books.
I haven't gotten there yet, but I know you have to trust your editor to make the best choices for your book, not only in copyediting, but also covers, placement, etc, etc.
No matter what stage you're at, in writing, as in riding, trust is paramount.
Are you lucky enough to have trust in your writing life?