I’m a firm believer in letting a finished work sit for a while before giving it its final revision prior to its final editing.
But there is a problem that arises as well – or at least it does for me – and that is my brain has already moved onto other interests.
What to do?
I’m referring to my fourth novel, A Love Story for a Nation, which I actually really like. It’s quite different from any novel I’ve ever written, and those of you who know me, may be stunned to find out it doesn’t even contain the world Vietnam. It doesn’t contain any reference to any country in the world. It’s unique in that way.
I finished the first draft of it in August 2014. I took the next couple of months revising it until finally in October I sent it out to some beta readers. I have since received some feedback and now am ready to put it through the grinder one more time — except for the fact that I don’t feel like it!
In all that time that has passed, I’ve moved onto other ideas. I’ve written 2/3 of my fifth novel. Just the last couple of days I’ve been struck with the idea of a new play – I came up with the premise while watching “Into the Woods” in the cinema. I’ve also started production on a musical I’m directing for May. And now out of the past, comes my 4th novel, hobbling towards me like an orphan, reaching out in anguish asking to be brought to a finish once and for all so it can be released this summer.
If only I worked as a full-time writer!
Back to reality.
The grind of authorship can take no shortcuts. It must be done. I have always told myself that I will not release a book half-heartedly.
It needs one more revision. I need to suck it up and do it. My other creative ideas will have to wait.
So here I go.