Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing includes rule number six:
“Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.”
If ever there was a rule aimed at Aaron L. Carter, this would be the one! Ignoring this rule has been the bane of my life. Even after I “moved on,” and began working on Wings of Valor, I found myself returning for one “final review” of Haunted Haunts. The result has been frustrating. I’m never happy. I’ve been stuck for more than a week, droning over sentence structure, character voice, etc., etc., etc. And the worst part is, some of the changes I make are less satisfying than the original content.
But I’m an intelligent man; right? I’m in control of my mortal machine; right? I’m sixty-eight years old for cryin’ out loud. One would think that – by now – I might have developed a modicum of self-restraint; right? The insanity must end!
So, I’m going to bite the bullet. I’m going to put myself out of my misery. I’m going to follow the advice of Mr. Gaiman, come hell or high water. I’m going to leave it in the hands of my proof-reader / editor and trust in God.