YAY! Today was the first official day of picking blackberries. I love them. We have a HUGE bush in our backyard, but the crop is really late this year.
Here's the first lesson of the season:
Just because the berry is black, doesn't mean it's ready to be picked.
Because, if you want sweet juicy berries, you need to wait until a gentle touch causes them to fall from the vine into your hand. If you have to pull or tug the berry AT ALL to get it to release from the vine, it's not ready, and it will taste sour.
How does this relate to writing?
Just because your manuscript is FINISHED, doesn't mean it's ready for publication!! It may not be perfectly ripe yet. Give it some more time to ripen and then work through the bush again. :)
What's your favorite fruit of the summer?