Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy.

Letting Go – A Writer Lesson

When I try to find excerpts for my books for promotional reasons, it’s a trap. Because I will inevitably think I should have worded that differently. 

It’s hard to let go of a story and declare it finished. Yet, you have to let it go and enter the world of the readers. 

When I first started writing, I used to rewrite until the story fell apart. I would dive down every rabbit hole and cram so much extra stuff into my stories they would end up cumbersome and pretty much nonsensical. Then I started deleting everything from my manuscripts that I didn’t feel satisfied with, and ended up with gutted stories I never rebuilt.

I finally learned to find that spot in the middle where I pay attention to my writer instincts, but don’t get distracted by every little idea that pops into my head. I strive to write the best story I can, but don’t let my writer insecurities bog me down.

That I can actually write a book, revise it, have it edited, revise again, and then let it go into the world of the readers still kinda blows my mind. I didn’t finish so many projects in the past because I couldn’t let go. I’m glad that now I can.

So yeah, maybe I could have written a sentence here and there a little sharper, but the book is done. It belongs to the readers now. 

A valuable lesson learned.