My stepson just got his first car. He is so excited and ready to be out on the road on his own. His parents? Not so ready for this step into independence. But it's here whether we're ready for it or not.
It's kind of like sending in that manuscript to an editor or agent. We hover with our fingers over the send button, fear that it isn't ready stopping us. Then with closed eyes, we send it and hope that our baby will find its way home.
So far, Shane has had some faulty driving. He hesitates at stop lights before turning left. He likes to hug the right side of the road. He almost ran through a red light. But he's learning the rules of the road and becoming comfortable with how to handle such a big piece of machinery.
So is our story experiencing some issues. It has some bumps. Some flaws that are easily fixed: POV problems, repetition of certain favorite words (mine is smiled for some reason), plot holes. As we write more, there's less of those issues as we get comfortable with our voice and how we tell a story.
I'm happy to report that Shane has survived his first car (though his parents are still worrying and praying).
And my first book has finished its edits even though I still worry and have a list of things I could change.
I guess they're both ready to find their own way now.
Happy first day of May!