Hard to enjoy

May 14, 2013

As I went through the story my editors marked up for me earlier today, I found myself having a hard time enjoying my own work. No, that’s not true – I actually enjoyed it quite a lot, which either means it’s good, or I’m a giant egomaniac.

Knowing me, it’s probably both. Or just the second one. That one’s definitely included.

I think the difference is in how I enjoy it, which is in spurts. I can’t just sit down and read, because I see mistakes, and I am compelled to fix them. This isn’t a problem with other’s writing – if John Scalzi (a good author, by the way – I just finished his book Redshirts, and I’m about to start another) makes a mistake, I inwardly shrug and move on. It’s not my job to correct him. With my own work, though? No one else is going to.

The exception comes when I publish. When I release a post on RandomC or here, I’ll let myself to fix a typo or two, but past that I leave it as is, flaws and all. Only then can I go back and enjoy it as you might. I may wince at the mistakes more than most, but they don’t slow me down. I can sit down, and read.

I guess I ought to get back to work so I can publish that book of mine, eh?

What do you know, this blog is helping with my motivation already!

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By Stephen W. Gee

Author of Wage Slave Rebellion, Freelance Heroics, and about two good blog posts out of a hundred.


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    First, wanted to congratulate you on your new site. Will be following as you journey towards your goal.

    Second, yay Scalzi! Which book are you going to read next? I’ve read a few, and have enjoyed them even more in audiobook version. Wil Wheaton is an awesome reader (it helps that he’s a writer/actor himself), and is just awesome in general.

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      Thank you kindly! I hope I won’t disappoint you : )

      Next up is Old Man’s War. One of my editors recommended it (and Redshirts), so I’m going to finish them out before I go to the next one. That is, if I ever stop exhausting myself writing to have enough time to read!

      It might take me take a bit, haha

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        Don’t worry about disappointing us readers, just concentrate on telling the story you want to tell, the best way that you can. The rest will follow.

        And I know what you mean about finding time to read. My list of things to read just keeps growing! 🙂

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