Read My Own Work? Of Course!

Return Engagement

Do I read my own books? You better believe it, but not before a little time has gone by since publication. Going through edits makes me tired of the book, but after a while it seems fresh and new, and I can enjoy it. It’s fun to revisit characters that were a part of my life for months. I make their acquaintance all over again, and I remember why I liked them so much in the first place. Some of them are so endearing I want to put them into another book. I’ve actually done this with Return Engagement. I couldn’t give up the Lovinggood family so I wrote a sequel called Blue 52.

Reading my own work also gives me a sense of accomplishment. My mother loved books and taught me to love them too. When I read my book it does my heart good to know that I was able to create something worthy of being published. I wish my mother knew that I became an author, but she died many years before I even thought of writing a book.

I also find quotations that I can use for book promotion. It’s fun to find passages that I think are particularly good. Sometimes I have forgotten them so it’s a little like finding small treasures to read them again.

I also like seeing how my work has evolved from the beginning to the present time. I do think I’ve learned a lot about my craft, and I hope it shows!

Sometimes, though, I find errors that were missed during editing. This slightly panics me, but until another edition comes out there is nothing I can do about it.

Are you an author? If so, do you read your own work?

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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6 Responses to Read My Own Work? Of Course!

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I agree, it takes some time before I’m able to reread something that I’ve already spent months (or years) creating. Like you, I find it interesting to see how my writing has evolved.

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  2. Jeff Salter says:

    I’ve occasionally noted this about Patricia’s Monday posts, but now I can say it about your Wednesday post: I could change a few words and names and use most of your column for my Hound Day post!
    I had actually drafted part of my blog last evening before I read yours today… and we make several of the same points.
    I particularly like this quote: “Going through edits makes me tired of the book” — and that’s a large part of what I drafted last night.
    Oh well, tomorrow you’ll understand what I’m talking about.

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  3. Good for you! I have felt the same way about my published works. And I think it would be absolutely essential to re-read a work to prepare for a sequel.

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  4. kathleenbee says:

    I admit that I don’t often go back and read my books. I’ve grown so much in my writing since my first books came out, that I cringe way too much and then I wish they weren’t out there. Which is wrong, because if they were published, they can’t be too bad. My inner critic is a bit too critical. Suppose that comes with editing books as your day job. And yes, editing makes me so tired of my books. I hate them by the end, which doesn’t help with marketing with sincerity, lol. I have read through two of my older books which I edited and put back up there. But that was reading through for the purpose of fixing – very different.

    I do have an interesting story about the first novel I ever wrote. I read through it years later and discovered they’d built a mall in the very area I mentioned a mall in my city. It was kind of uncanny – like I’d predicted it.

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  5. Time really does need to pass between the edits and when you can read your book and enjoy it.

    I need to read one of mine as I have had people asking for a sequel. I really need to freshen up on the characters, setting, and really the entire thing since the book was published three or four years ago.

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