If you have been following my blog, you should know by now that I do many things. I am an organic gardener, I teach music (piano and violin) and I write. I write and publish my own and other author’s books. I will do editing, but prefer not to.
Writing books is a strange thing. The words you write flow onto the page from the brain. You call the first writing, the ‘first draft’, then when you have finished all your first draft, you read it again.
In the process, you pick up some mistakes via errant fingers (typos) the occasional spelling mistake, and a clunky sentence here and there.
On your second or third reading, (after a time lapse), you often wonder what you meant with the words you wrote. Hopefully you fix that, add more details or take out unnecessary sections.
THEN – you get someone else to do the editing. Invariably they will find more mistakes.
You think to yourself – how did I miss that? – but – because you know what you meant, every time you read your work, your brain rides over the mistakes. Seems, impossible I know – but it happens all the time.
That’s why I prefer not to edit, either my own words or those of others.
It’s times like that that I feel like giving it all up.
My writing is not good enough.
I should go back to being a housewife, do the dishes, cook the meals – in fact, I’d even go on record as saying to myself – ‘Give it all up – just stay in bed and hide!’
Every author feels that way at some point – so don’t imagine it is only you.
I’m here to set the record straight!
DON’T give up.
DON’T allow the doubts to win.
You WILL improve.
REMEMBER – if you like the story you have written and have done the BEST you can do, then there WILL be someone out there in the world that loves your story, too.
KEEP FOLLOWING YOUR DREAM.
P.S. As promised last week – the first chapter of my new book ‘In search of the Elusive Panda’ follows – on page two of this post. (click on the three bars on the left and follow the Free children’s book heading). It is ‘A Kathy Edwards Adventure’, aimed at 8 to 12 year old age group. Read and enjoy. Let me know what you think.
An art work From Mykel is also available on the ‘Sweetfields and Mykelcee Designs’ page.