Of First Dates and Manuscripts

A first date
A first date

I’m dating a new manuscript.

It’s exciting. It’s scary. I’m trying to take it slow.

Starting a new story is a lot like starting a relationship. You don’t just jump straight to marriage. You have to get to know each other first. You have to make those first moments special. The hard stuff comes later.

The first date is about chemistry. Some stories are shy. They have to be coaxed out of their shell. Others are loud and they’ll talk your ear off if you aren’t careful. Over time you start to get an idea of what kind of story can go the long haul. Not all of them will. It’s just a fact. Some stories look good, they talk pretty, but when it comes down to it, they’re just not the story for you.

Sometimes that chemistry isn’t apparent right away. Sometimes it’s love at first sight. Sometimes you fall hard and fast, sometimes slow and beautiful.

My manuscript and me, we had our first date yesterday, over coffee and biscotti. We’re not rushing into anything, but guys? I think it’s love.

First date notebooks. A fairly good representation of the new novel.
First date notebooks. A fairly good representation of the new novel.
Of First Dates and Manuscripts

4 thoughts on “Of First Dates and Manuscripts

  1. Great analogy! And those are awesome notebooks–I’m thinking this is going to be another awesome story of yours. πŸ™‚ Wishing you a beautiful courtship….

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