To do, or Not To Do, that is the question??????


It finally came and I was so excited to see it.  When I opened it and saw all the marks I panicked. Being in the middle of unpacking 200 boxes from my move, I now have my book to edit. As much as I love my book, I don’t want to even start on it yet. It’s sad because I have been chomping at the bit for almost three months to get it back from the editor. Dobyns Chronicles was and is a work of love. It’s a story based in the 1800’s about my great-grandfather. I called it a historical fiction but it has a lot of truth threaded throughout the story.

How do I even begin. I think I’m going to leave it alone for awhile so I can finish unpacking boxes. That way I won’t have  things hanging over my head.  What ideas do you have for me, about getting started on what seems like a daunting task to me right now?

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I'm a retired RN enjoying my retirement to the fullest. I liked adventure and travel and making friends. I have 6 dogs and 1 cat. They are like having a house full of three years olds. Now for the rest of the story. My Granddaughter and her husband now live with us and they have 4 dogs and 4 cats along with a giant Flemish Rabbit. My Granddaughter has now added beautiful, Olivia to our household. My fourth Great Grandchild. They are a large part of my life and I can't imagine them not being around. I spend most of my time sitting in front of my computer working on my latest book or talking about Essential Oils. On the personal side, I'm married to a wonderful man who spoils me and I love it. I am very much a country girl. I love living on our 5 acres on Pole Cat Creek watching the deer and other animals occasionally stick their​ heads out of the trees. It's a fun life.
  • Well, if you CAN leave it alone, I admire your strength. I would have to start digging into it right away. And the first sight of that red ink can take your breath away, but it may not be nearly as bad as you fear. Perhaps wait until you have accomplished a good day of unpacking. Then prepare your favorite beverage, find a quiet, comfortable spot, and promise yourself that you will only read the comments for the first chapter. Just a suggestion to start with. Good luck, whatever you decide.

    • Thank you for stopping by. I do appreciate your very helpful suggestions. I really like that first chapter suggestion. I’ll just take it in small bites to begin. It won’t seem so daunting that way.Check out my web-page and my blog at


  • Chubby Chatterbox says:

    Trust your gut; you’ll know when it’s time to dig in and begin to edit. Forcing yourself to work on it when your brain is engaged elsewhere will only prompt you to make editing decisions you’ll later regret.

  • Nicky Wells says:

    Hey there! I am so with you, especially on the move… I’m going there next week! 100+ boxes; probably not quite 200 but a lot, nonetheless.

    Right, on the edits. Here’s what I would do. Take an hour to read through all the comments. Calmly, with a cup of tea at hand. Just read and digest. Then, take a half hour to categorize the comments. A lot of them are probably quick fixes anyway, so don’t worry about those. Make a list of any major rewrites or scenes and chapters that need attention. Just make a list, nothing further. There, that’s your priorities sorted.

    Now go back to unpacking, but have a notebook handy. Because you’ve read through your edits, your brain will process those thoughts and start firing off ideas. Write them down when they come out.

    Next, set yourself a deadline when you need to get started on the edits. I probably wouldn’t leave it more than a week. And when you finally get to them, take it one step at a time. Work through them front to back, tackle each issue on its own terms, and stop flicking ahead through the MS, panicking and thinking, OMG there’s so much to do.

    You’ll get there! Hope this doesn’t sound too prescriptive/condescending or otherwise know-it-all… it’s simply what I would do and how I work. XXX Good luck! 🙂

    • Hi, thanks for stopping by and especially for your helpful comments. I hope all goes well with your move next week. We downsized so I have a lot of stuff to sort through and give away. One day at a time, ShirleyCheck out my web-page and my blog at