Happy Friday! Casey Wyatt here.
Before I devoted myself to the craft of writing, I never appreciated how much time and effort an author puts into their work.
As a reader, I enjoy devouring a good book and always feel a tad bereft when it ends. If I love the story, I’ll read it over and over. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve read The Lord of the Rings. I have dozens of print versions – all well-worn with newer copies to replenish the older ones. So let’s just agree – I’ve read it a lot of times.
On the flip side, writing a book means you’re going to be reading it a lot. Many, many times and almost none of them for pleasure. After a while, the words are just black marks on a white page. Any typos or missing words cease to exist because the writer’s brain magically corrects the errors. Sadly, magical correction only happens in the brain and isn’t actually applied to the page.
The characters and events you loved so much in the beginning . . . well, the love diminishes. Writing isn’t for the faint of heart or for those who quit easily. You have to endure even when you don’t feel like reading another word of your story, let alone change it (again and again and again).
Often times, I’ve heard published authors say, “I haven’t looked at the book in years.” Or, “I can’t read that story ever again.”
If you meet your favorite author and they don’t recall the exact wording or scene in their book, please don’t think they are senile. More likely, they have put the book out of their mind so they have room to create something new.
When is too much of a good thing bad? How do you find balance?