Here's the thing: when I first submitted my novel to her, in my head, it was the best it could be. (Certainly not perfect - there's always room for improvement - but I had polished and read it and re-read it and felt it was "ready"). But as I read her feedback, I started nodding. She hit the nail on the head, regarding storyline and extraneous scenes. It's funny - I knew, subconsciously, all this time, that certain parts needed to be reworked. But I guess I didn't know how to fix it. Or even how to pinpoint the issues. So, to have feedback there, in black and white, from a professional, made something click. I understood what needed to be done. So, I've been doing it!
Re-working, re-thinking, re-writing. All a tedious process, but in the end, so worth it! Because I do want this book to be the best it can possibly be. I do want to know where/how it can be improved. At this point in any writer's journey, the ego must be placed delicately aside, and the writer must dig in, get hands dirty, do what needs to be done, for the good of THE BOOK. Because that, to me, is what it's all about. Those characters, that plot, that world. Not me, the writer. If authors get in the way of the book, it will never improve.
So, I'll probably be "radio silent" for much of this week, but that's why - I'm trying to focus on the book, and do what needs to be done! Wish me luck! :-)