Thursday, July 23, 2009

Revision and Perfectionism

I recently read somewhere about an author who was known to go into bookstores, pull his books off the shelf, and pencil in changes. I fear if I am ever published, I could become that author. In a publishing climate where the words "outstanding" "exceptional"and "perfect" are the standard for submission, it is hard to know where to draw the line. Honestly, I could probably tweak just my first page for the next ten years and have fun in the process. I believe my first novel is done. I don't believe I could make it perfect in my lifetime. I am satisfied, but I could always find things to make it better. Sometimes I just have to let go and move on.

WHAT I'M READING THIS WEEK: The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perlilous Journey (Trenton Lee Stewart)


  1. Angelina,

    I once read about a famous author (I can't remember who!) who said that the only reason he published a book was so he could quit fooling around with it. The author who pencils in changes in the bookstore takes it to a whole new level! (HE obsesses?)

  2. I heard an author say at a reading once that she edits as she does the reading, lol. ;)


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