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I wish I was one of those writers…
Thursday, July 21st, 2022

Today, I’m reading through Gabriel one last time to catch my ugly nits—you know, grammar issues, misspellings, clunky sentences. As many times as I’ve read the chapters, you’d think there would come a time when I’d find ZERO to fix. Hah! I have things that are published now, and if I go grab a scene for something, I find another error. It happens. Even to writers who write for big publishing houses. I know, because I used to do that. Now, I’m on my own. I have three trusted beta readers who help me find some of my errors, but the rest is up to me.

If I were one of those authors who actually wrote their books months in advance of publication, I might have several chances to skim through what I’ve written, but I’m my own publisher now. So, it’s ALL on me.

Sometimes, I wish I was one of those authors who could sit without pressure and write pages and pages, following a production schedule plan. That’s not me. I require adrenaline to produce. I have to be staring at the deadline to upload my book before I can kick my ass into gear. It’s not just the problem of forcing myself to sit at my computer and type, it’s an issue of inspiration. I swear to you, I write better, my stories make more sense, and my scenes pop when I’m on a caffeinated frenzy to finish a book. The language of my books tends to be more realistic, too.

The book I’m wrapping up today to format and load before TOMORROW’S deadline wouldn’t exist without adrenaline. Fig, my heroine, wouldn’t be as tangible. The action scenes wouldn’t be as crisp.

Yeah, sometimes, I wish I was one of those writers, but today, I’m happy I’m not.

6 comments to “I wish I was one of those writers…”

  1. Pam
    · July 21st, 2022 at 9:18 am · Link

    Love Your Books! πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ’₯πŸŒ΅πŸ’œ

  2. Susan Street
    · July 21st, 2022 at 10:30 am · Link

    Question from a reader

    I often see postings from authors asking readers to not contact Amazon regarding poor editing, but to contact the author.

    How easy is it for an author to go back into a ebook and correct a story error.

  3. Delilah
    · July 21st, 2022 at 12:29 pm · Link

    Thank you, Pam!

    Susan! If the author is self-publishing, very easy. Just cumbersome because we have to repeat a process.

  4. Deb Robinson
    · July 22nd, 2022 at 5:45 am · Link

    Thank you for the insight into an experienced authors world.
    As a fledgling author, it was inspiring and encouraging to hear you experience hardships as well.
    Being an author really is a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows

  5. ButtonsMom2003
    · July 25th, 2022 at 5:59 pm · Link

    When I was still working, I almost always worked better under pressure so I get it.

    I never do a good job proofreading my own stuff (blog posts, reviews, Facebook comments) and I hate it when I see a glaring error days, weeks or months later.

    I’m amazed that authors catch any typos after spending so much time slaving over a book.

  6. Delilah
    · August 2nd, 2022 at 7:58 am · Link

    Deb! You are so right. It is a rollercoaster with many ups and downs.

    Susan! Even the biggest authors have errors in their books—no matter how many times proofreaders have poured over their words.

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