I hate proof reading. It is not creative and it is not fun. Also, I am not always sure I know what I am doing, I’ll admit it. I’m not trained to do any of this, I just write because I like it and I think I’m good at it. Truthfully, I think I’m really good at it, but I know, as you should, that there is always room to get better.
I have finished two novels now, one written directly after the other one. I have not proof read the first one, and I am now starting to proof the second one. Why skip one? Well, I want to enter an Australian writer’s competition and the manuscript has to clock in under 100k. The first novel is 117k and the second is 62k. That’s one reason. The other? I know the second one needs a lot less work. Yeah, I’m lazy and I avoid and procrastinate, haha. It is what it is.
I finally started proofing the second novel and have found myself surprisingly enjoying it, but that’s because I’m so egotistical that I love my own writing. Seriously, I’m up at 5am and in the office on the futon, feet in slippers and up on the chair, holding a red pen and chuckling away at some of my words. I’m shocked, but I am enjoying it. There are some good lines and I’m surprised by what I have already forgotten. It will be fun to go through the entire story again. See if I still like it. It’ll take me a little while, but I’ll get there.
This is the front cover of what I have printed, the title is still a working title.
Posted on March 30th, 2009 by ryan
Filed under: Writing