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What to do with your manuscript when it’s finished – David Mitchell. Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

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Send the thing out and forget it. Quickly get to work on the next thing. Don’t sit by the phone or watch your email. Don’t hope. You’ve done a big thing by finishing something. Spend all the energy on possible despair. Avert that possible despair. Transfer the despair to the next manuscript. Right away, like the next day.
David Mitchell

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6 comments on “What to do with your manuscript when it’s finished – David Mitchell. Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

  1. Carol Balawyder
    January 31, 2016

    Good advice!

  2. Mira Prabhu
    January 31, 2016

    Reblogged this on mira prabhu and commented:
    All writers agonize over their work…knowing when to put the lid on it is an art, a gift…how here’s David Mitchell’s view. Thank you Bridget Whelan!

    • bridget whelan
      January 31, 2016

      Thanks for reblogging Mira – entirely agree that knowing when to walk away is art in itself.

  3. Antoinette Atanasoff
    January 31, 2016

    Totally agree with David Mitchell. Although as Mira says it is not always easy, it is like their child they have nurtured for so long and now they must let it go out into the world….agony for a parent.

    • bridget whelan
      January 31, 2016

      ANd not sit at home wondering what they are doing every waking moment. Gettingon with new work is very, very good advice

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