It occurs to me that I never wrote a post yesterday. Derp. And I'm not sure what to write about today. Maybe if I ramble on, something will come to me.
I finally got to work on those edit notes last night. Did one page worth of written notes, which amounted to 23 pages of the book. Of course, I added a bunch of stuff in those 23 pages - like a brand new beginning - so it was more work than it sounds like. I may have repeated myself a couple times, so that's something to watch for during the next edit phase. Eight pages of notes left to go. Blerg.
I committed a cardinal sin in book creation (maybe several) when I redid the beginning. And I don't care. It works for me. We'll see if it works for the proofers.
For the most part, I'm a rule-abiding type person, but for certain things, it rubs me the wrong way when I'm told I can't do something. Part of me is all like 'oh, yeah? watch me.' When I wrote my first book, I described the heroine by having her look at herself in a detached way on a TV monitor. I was told by early readers that this was a no-no. And my hackles rose. I liked it, so I left it. Maybe someday, that book will be published and all y'all can tell me whether it works.
I still love that book. I contacted my editor once to see if she could help me make it publishable. The amount she quoted me was understandable - it's an unwieldy behemoth - but totally not in the budget. We'll see what happens in the future.
Looking back, I don't hate any of my older books. They all need work, but I don't think any of them should be relegated to the trash heap. They can all be fixed. Some of them might not be as timely as they were when I wrote them, but the ideas are sound. :shrug:
Oh, I go through phases where I'm all like 'I hate this book', and I wonder whether everyone else will hate the book, too, but that's usually while I'm editing it. Once I get through that, it's all good. Okay, not ALL good. Even after I publish, I wonder whether people will hate the books I love. It's a thing.
Today, I hope to get at least another couple of notes input. I love how this book turned out, even if I hate it a little. ;o)
What about you? Do you have a love/hate thing going on with your writing? If you're not a writer, do you feel that way about your endeavors sometimes? Do you have anything to ramble on about?