Margie Lawson

Make your writing soar



Tom building an airplane

Whether you're building an airplane, a novel, or your writing career, you need talent, trust, and tenacity. It took my husband, Tom, over two years to build this airplane.

In the first picture Tom was installing the wiring for the avionics. Note the top of the fuselage suspended from the ceiling above his head. The plane was definitely a Work in Progress -- just like manuscripts.


The second picture is of the first flight which lasted, harrowing-to-me, glorious-to-him, eighty minutes.

At this stage, the plane had gray primer paint and metal framed seats. Big pieces of foam were duct taped to the metal seat frames. Not classy. But the engine ran. The avionics worked. It looked rough, unfinished. Nothing pretty about it.

Hmm, similar to the really rough first drafts of novels.

We trusted that our ugly duckling of a plane would turn into a beauty. And she did.

You can trust that deep edited writing will turn into something beautiful as well.


The third picture features the plane with stunning exterior paint. You can't see the white leather interior. Trust me, it's pretty.

I'm so proud of Tom for building our safe, beautiful plane. He flew us on so many incredible vacations for fourteen years. I sold the plane this year. Sad to see it go.

Compared to writing -- your baby is ready to fly to any agent or editor.

Trust your writing as much as we trusted this plane.

Meet your writing goals, deep edit your manuscript, send it out to agents and editors. Give it wings. Give it a chance to fly.



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