No, this is not a post about having a meth habit. I’m talking about tweaking your work. While it is important and helpful to go through and make some changes, there has to be a point when you say enough is enough. Of course I’m not talking about a first draft, I’m talking about your finished already edited work.
My novel, Near Death, is in its final days before being unleashed into the world wide web. I’m doing one last read through looking for formatting issues and typos. Makes sense, right? Important stuff to be done, no doubt. I’ve found some issues and was able to correct them, but I also found myself thinking “Gah this sentence sucks. I should re-write it ” or “This scene seems… sophomoric. I should erase it and re-write a whole new scene”.
NO! No I shouldn’t! I’ve been through this work five times already. I’ve made hundreds of changes. I was finally happy, paid to have it proofed and spent all that time formatting. If I make these major changes, I have to go through a lot of that all over again and the book will never get released.
I think my fear of being a failure is coming through and trying to keep me from publishing. We should confront and conquer our fears, no?
I have come to the conclusion that while I love the story, I will never be 100% happy with it, always finding something to tweak to “make better”. I’ve decided that I need to let it be and release it into the wild. Take flight little book! You are great just the way you are!