The answer was yes and yes.
Writing a book is like leaving a piece of your soul etched onto the paper. Your emotions pour freely from your heart as you tap away at the keys. Sometimes, it’s more about the journey rather than the destination. What you learn along the way about writing and yourself can be more powerful than completing a book. You need to find what powers you through the rough paths and what inspires you to keep your chin up and keep going.
I actually found the editing process to be harder than writing the book itself. Deciding what to keep and what to cut can be a heartbreaking decision, but it’s made easier when you share the load. Little Girl Dead went through six other people before it came back to me, but the story was that much stronger for having fresh eyes and opinions on it. Of course you think it’s great, but feedback is a really important step and shouldn’t be missed because you might be worried about the outcome. You’d rather find plot holes etc. before the book goes live.
Get friends to be your beta readers, but if you’re not sure if you’ll get honest feedback, use a site such as Goodreads to find people to read it. No matter who you use, these people will help you stitch up a better book, discover possible plot holes and generally tighten up the manuscript. I cannot stress enough that you need honest feedback, otherwise you are doing yourself a disservice.
So the important things to remember are, you can do this, let your emotions lay themselves on the pages and always have people read your work.