I read the proofs to A DARK PALACE on Sunday.
Managed to do it in virtually one setting.
I have such a bad memory that at times I forgot what was coming next. Reading it in the book typeface also helps to add a bit of distance. At times, I even forgot I wrote it and read it like it was someone else’s book.
I know I’m biased but I’m pretty pleased with it. I seem to have managed to write the book I wanted to write.
Of course, it doesn’t follow that others will share my enthusiasm. Some may grant I have written the book I wanted to write, while maintaining that it is not the book they wanted to read. That doesn’t bother me.
Seems to me if you’re not liking your own work then there’s really no point doing it. And how can you expect anyone else to like it? That’s not to say that we can’t be aware of the flaws. There will always be flaws. Still, you do the best you can. Fail better, as someone once said.