I was struggling for ideas today as I sat down to write this blog post. Normally I have a head full of ideas, but for some reason, this morning my mind was totally blank. So I did the only thing a writer can could possibly do. I looked for an idea to steal.
Starting with the news, sports results and then finally a read through some of my favourite blogs. I came to this story by Glynis, whose blog is one of my regular reads. So I have to thank her for todays inspiration.
I am currently writing my fourth book and having a wonderful time. Basically projectile vomiting words out as I let my imagination run rampant. Losing myself in the story and characters, the plot twists and imagery I want to create for my readers. All fun and the very best part of writing. Yesterday however, I realised that I am rapidly approaching the last few chapters of the story. Maybe less than a couple of weeks away from completing the first draft.
Now that is the word that makes my imagination curl up and die. Draft!
That means the end of imagination and creativity, and the start of a painful process of proof reading, editing and horror of all horrors, error correction. For my last three books, I spent so long correcting proofs, and re-correcting corrected proofs, and then re-correcting the re-corrected proofs that I thought I had tracked down all the little blighters.
“I found a few mistakes. Do you want me to mark them?” was the horror of all horrors I needed to hear after my wife read one of my books recently.
Hiding my shame, I told her not to worry. A couple of ‘typos’ would create little talking points for my readers. Show that I am not perfect. (Yes I know, a pathetic excuse.) However, as the book is now published and on sale, there is little I can do.
But it has taught me a lesson in self-publishing. The one vital part missing is not having an independent editor to work on the manuscript. But this can be very expensive, if you hire an editor. So for my current book, I am going to spend a long time correcting proofs, and re-correcting corrected proofs, and then re-correcting the re-corrected proofs again. But reading your own text over and over will never get all those typos.
So this time, after all that work, I will give my manuscript to a couple of friends to proof read and promise them a few free copies for helping me when the book is released. Hopefully, they will find those last annoying little typos.