Do you have a writer friend who has recently received feedback from a professional editor about her manuscript? You’ll know because of her stunned expression and eyes filled with silent pain. Naturally you want to support your friend through this harrowing process, but what can you do? Well, lucky for you, I’ve got ideas!
(Note: I’ll be using the pronoun “her” because English doesn’t give us a neutral pronoun. It’s just for convenience. Not because “she” who runs this site might also be undergoing said harrowing process.)
Gifts for a Writer Undergoing Editing
- Send her a text or email to reassure her, “You are a good writer!”
- Remind her of the heart of her story and why she wrote it to start with.
- Write her a note reassuring her, “You’re going to make something great out of this novel!”
- Enclose a gift card to her favorite coffee shop.
- Oh, wait, unless it’s 2020 and her favorite coffee shop is open for curbside service only. 2020 sucks.
- Make a gift basket for her, filled with writer-friendly treats like new pens, a crisp blank notebook, and a bottle of glue for her shattered ego.
- Play a version of Monopoly where all you do is draw Chance cards that say things like, “My editor completely misunderstood how I drew this character,” and the editor has to go directly to jail every time.
- Give her suction darts and a target with one big bullseye that has Editors written on it.
- Reassure her, “You are a good writer” by engraving it on a brass plaque and mounting it on a stone pillar next to her front door.
- Remind her that this is a necessary part of the process; that she’s survived it before and she will again; and didn’t she pay her editor to find everything wrong with her manuscript? And then you should run.
These are just a few ideas. Be creative! After all, your friend is throwing a big ol’ pity party for herself. You’ll have time to think of something.