I recently got the copyedits for The Demon in Keystone Apartments, one of the four books I’ll be publishing before the end of the year, so I sat down and went through the story line by line.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
Writers are not generally optimistic creatures, and that’s especially true when we’re talking about our own work. Sure, sometimes it seems like the Muse drank a fifth of whiskey and decided to give us a lap dance, but for the most part, writing is work.
We know how the sausage is made, and because of that, we expect what we write to be terrible. Hey, this is the chapter I wrote when I had food poisoning! This is the section I came up with when I was hung over! I had to rewrite this passage fifteen times just so that it wasn’t pure dog shit!
But when you put a story down for a while, let’s say a month or so, those memories fade. The process of writing gets foggy, letting you enjoy the story for what it is.
And now that I’ve read it with fresh eyes, I really like the first John Rose adventure. I hope you guys will, too.