If you are an artist, you must know the urge to “fix” your work from the past. As your skills progress, you start to see the things that would have made your art just a little better. I mentioned in a previous post that I am particularly afflicted with this disease, so my solution is simply to avoid my past projects, instituting the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ law. Another one of my issues is that I have ADHD and was never diagnosed as a child and therefore had never been taught coping mechanisms (never got the drugs either that might have prevented many gray hairs on my mom) to mitigate it. I developed my own strategies simply to survive in a world where people thought an acted differently than me.
I mention that because those two things became apparent when I started recording Emergence collective. One, my ADHD-frazzled brain hastily finished the book and only gave it a glancing review (Admittedly, I never actually read the book from start to finish after its completion). The first chapter has always bothered me. I knew the story I wanted to tell, but I did not know how or where to start, so I jumped in.
As I started to narrate for the audible recording, I realized how horrible that first chapter is (I know I am not really selling you on the book, it actually gets better, it just started rough) and now that I need to rewrite is eating me up.
What is your opinion on rewrites? Should I pull the trigger on rewriting the first chapter and a few other tiny things here and there and release a “second edition”? Or should I just try not to cringe too much and let it go?
3 thoughts on “In retrospect…”
Your book is fine. Readers persist as far as I can tell. Unless you run out of copies, leave it as it is. Stop fretting. It’s past the teenage phase. Now it has to earn its own keep.
Write another with lessons learned.
As to the beginning of this blog I want to say SNAP!
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Thank you for the encouragement. Hopefully as I progress in the narration, the cringe I get from chapter 1 will fade lol.
It will. Trust me. We all think our babies are beautiful and our teenagers monsters, but we love the human that emerges. Your time was not wasted. Your book will be fine. It has good values. Ok. Shutting up now.
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