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THE URGE TO CHANGE YOUR BOOK ONCE IT'S PUBLISHED.
So a fellow writer asked about the urge to change things in your book once it's published, and since I have just published IRKADURA (Yes! It's done! Here! I'm still working with Stuart on free files, so hang tight...), I have brushed with this terrible beast whilst scanning through my book after my editor has sent me the final final version. I have read that final final file and ended up cutting out 1K more words. As if this was not enough, I stumbled on a mind-blowing article by Chuck Palahniuk about "Thought" Verbs (the best advice about show-don't-tell you will ever read) and after reading it panic-edited another 100 words. I had to tie my hands with a barbed wire to make myself stop from changing anything else.
The book is done.
Once it's done, it's gone. Meaning, if you try to change anything in it, you will make it worse. It's not the matter of cutting out a word here and there. One word can change the fabric of the story. Why then are we so tempted to change things? I will tell you why. Because since the moment you wrote the book and up until the moment you have published it, a lot of time has passed. Months. And during those months you have grown. You have changed. You know how to write better, and when you look at your book, naturally, you want to apply those lessons.
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