Something we need to consider . . .
Writing worries me but then again, my writing worries me more. Especially, since I’ve been writing for a very long time to the point where it’s necessary that I wear my glasses when I read and write. If I don’t, you can tell. It shows up in my writing quite conspicuously to the point where it’s frustrating but I’m certain many writers face this challenge.
To write or not to write. To share or not to share. To get others to read or not to read. It’s a battle for sure.
After all, writers are held in high regard for being masters of the English language or any language they’re naturally familiar with. That’s all said well and good, and all… but you must admit, sometimes we’re not perfect. Let me stress… sometimes. Especially, when you pour over your words for several hours a day and write a new scene or edit the old one for even more hours. Add that to days a week and weeks a year, you get what I mean.
Let me give you an example, I started the first sentence of Midnight Eclipse back in 2016ish. I say “ish”, because I didn’t circle the date on a calendar or anything and it may have been the end of 2017, until today.
This book, I’m still editing because I just wasn’t happy with it and my characters reaction to certain scenes. Putting it frankly it’s a long time. Before that I wrote many different stories that others haven’t seen or have seen. These stories I’ve pulled those from shelves and hid them away because the time wasn’t right to introduce that type of story world.
So naturally, my human eyes will become tired and worn after all these years of being behind a computer or with my head in a book.
Imagine the editors that I’m familiar with. They edit like there’s no tomorrow and no they haven’t edited Midnight Eclipse in case you’re wondering. I’ve kept it from them for a reason—they will when I am happy with my own editing skills which will be going through the story further. However, when it comes to my blogging, I’m hoping I’m decent.
The irony of this comes from the fact that I run a website around editing, proofreading and graphic design. So, it’s unusual for someone like me to say it’s difficult to edit your own work.
Ask any writer, it’s difficult to edit your own work because you’ve seen it a thousand times. Or re-written scenes a million times and you’ve automatically blocked it from your mind, sometimes, because you know what happens in that scene or the next scene. That my friend, is the con of writing. Once you’ve read something a million times or think you know it’s perfect you find it isn’t, it’s far from it. Even writing this puts my book into perspective and what I may want to add to the second book.
I’ve written over the past five to six years, five different novels all ranging from 100,000 words to 150,000 words because at the time I was proud of how many words there were. Not aware of the fact that my brain was slowly losing its desire to write as much. I’ve been in and out of the self-publishing industry for many years, so I’m well versed by now of what’s expected of my novel and others.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to write. It’s my favourite thing to do but editing, I love that even more. Besides, it’s much easier to edit a book that I haven’t seen a million times. I can tell my editors can’t wait to get their hands on my work and they will no doubt—soon and the completely re-mastered edition available for you my potential readers soon, with new scenes.
As for the uncertainty of writing. It’s not knowing if you’ve presented your voice, your characters and your paragraphs well. Believe me, those small uncertainties haven’t even scratched the surface of creative writing.
Your work must be a concern for you. After all, if your story doesn’t have what it needs to make it solid. It’ll fade away into the sea of other books, to never be picked up again, or rarely if it is. How scary is that?