Looking back to the past is always a two-sided coin. One can reflect back with nostalgia, thinking happily about the ‘good ol’ days’ and how you wish you could go back to them and relive some of your favorite moments. Of course, I have a feeling that were you to find a time machine and actually travel back to that specific period in your life, you may find it not as enjoyable as you had hoped. In fact, speaking for myself, I’m quite certain that I would be incredibly annoyed if I were to do so, just from the simple fact that I would have a hard time overlooking how much of an idiot I was.
So is the case when I re-read my own books….
In order to prep for beginning writing on The Agora Files Part 2, I decided to re-read Part 1, as those of you who read the blog are already aware…I started this weekend, and then almost immediately put it down. Possibly due, in large part, to the fact that I had just come off an editing binge for The Rise of the Fat Mogul, I couldn’t help but think of how much I would change as I worked my way through the first couple chapters of the title, and ultimately came to the conclusion that I wanted to do a re-write.
I won’t be doing a rewrite (at least not anytime soon). Although, there are a number of typos and the like that I’ve found in the manuscript already that will require a little bit of work.
But here’s the really interesting part (for absolutely no one but me). As I was reading through the book, which I’m still only about 2 chapters in at this point because I didn’t want to ruin my fabulous Father’s Day weekend with destroying my Kindle in a fit of writer’s rage, I actually remembered why I did things the way I did, the reasons behind the decisions that I found myself being completely annoyed at myself about. The end result of those decisions would be different today, but I recognized what I was doing and why I was doing it, and then after chatting with some folks who had recently read the book, found that my fears were probably true…those first two chapters suck.
No one has said this but me, mind you, but what I’ve found is that people tend to go through those first two chapters rather slowly, before finally getting sucked in with the third chapter and blazing through to the end…because no matter what decisions were made..the one to make the book an energetic killer of pages seems to have been one that worked.
Of course…I might get rather annoyed with my past self as I read through those pages as well.
Only time will tell….
Hope you all had a great Father’s Day weekend. I know I did.
Have fun out there!