Well, that time has come. I’m almost half way through my final edit of my magic story. My third draft went to my proofreader before I actually read it, and now I have it back with comments. There is some truth to needing someone to read it for you. They’ll see things you don’t as the author, like issues with the story you may not realize because of the image in your head.
On the other hand, I’m finding that my skills as a proofreader are still sharp. I’m doing my final edit, incorporating the changes my reader found in nearly every case, and I’m finding issues they did not. I’m occasionally adding or changing words, too, as it’s also my final content edit. Do the words flow easily? Are there double uses of a descriptor too close together? Now’s a great time to fix it.
Most of my errors are small, a forgotten or changed letter causing the wrong word to be there, or a forgotten quotation mark or something. I’ve found a period in front of a comma when my finger slipped, for instance. Nothing major, and not many issues, but it feels good to get rid of the errors anyways. I know I’ll see them when I read it again and if I don’t fix it.
Following the advice of “write the book you want to read,” I fully intend on reading my stories again. Will I get them all? Maybe. I hope so. Maybe not. Even professionally published books occasionally have errors make it past the proofreaders. I know that if I don’t, I’ll see the error next time I read the book. I’ll give it another read before I publish anyways, as I love my characters and enjoy my story. I wrote for me, after all, and I look forward to the adventure for many years to come.
I’ve been writing stories for myself for years. Now, I’m a published author. No genre is off limits, though I have some favorites.