…in manuscript terms. That is, I’m finally going to use my NaNoWriMo proof copy code thing to get a proof copy of my novel, Watching, from CreateSpace. I did this with a previous novel – which I now think is too terrible to let anyone read. So my family have not yet had the joyous sensation of reading my books
Okay, can I just say that I just wrote a proper-length blog post of about 300 words, and WordPress lost it. Whatever. So, because I’m strapped for time, you don’t get a blog post today. I’m sorry. You’ll just have to wait until WordPress stop screwing up…
Right. Rewriting it…
…in manuscript terms. That is, I’m finally going to use my NaNoWriMo proof copy code thing to get a proof copy of my novel, Watching, from CreateSpace. I did this with a previous novel – which I now think is too terrible to let anyone read. So my family have not yet had the joyous sensation of reading my books as a book.
I’ve already got three readers lined up: my friend Rebekah, my youth leader Bernie and my dad, who is the most pernickity plot-hole finder I have ever known, which is precisely why I want him to read it. He makes watching Doctor Who so much less fun.
(Dad: But what does that mean for that? And they obviously didn’t look at how this would affect this, because that means that what they said then doesn’t make any sense any more. If that happened, that would completely nullify everything they’ve said so far about…
Me: Dad, shut up and stop over-analysing. Either watch it or go away.)
I’m quite sensitive about my writing. Not with strangers – I’m perfectly happy sharing it with weirdos on YouTube, Protagonize or here. But with my parents? I don’t know what it is. Whether it’s that I’m worried they won’t approve of some of the things I say, or whether it’s that I don’t want them to judge all my writing by what they see… I don’t know. In my sister’s case, it’s definitely the latter.
I’m hoping that this will help me to open up. I know that I’ll have changes to make when it’s done – and I’m not looking forward to having all the failings pointed out to me. But I also know that in the long run, it’ll (hopefully) make it a much better book.
So here’s to my soon-to-be printed proof copy. May the cover be worth the two hours I spent making it.