This Novel is a Natural Product

2/26/10

I recently came across the following message as a tagline on a discussion forum:

This post is a natural product.  The slight variations in spelling and grammar enhance its individual character and beauty and are in no way to be considered flaws or defects.

Since I have just finished proofreading the typeset pages for The Secret Confessions of Anne Shakespeare, that sentiment really hit home.  At this stage, I have made the final corrections to the manuscript, and I won’t see it again before it goes to print.

Thus, if there are any errors I have missed or if the typesetter fails to pick up those errors I have marked, they will appear in the actual book.  Being a perfectionist about my writing, the idea of even a single typo slipping through is a hard lump to swallow, especially because, despite my best efforts, there are errata in both my previous books.

But maybe it’s time to take a more serene view and adopt the philosophy in the tagline above.  Writing–and creating art of any sort–is an organic pursuit, and perhaps the results are never meant to be perfect.  The joy is in the process.