Fix it, or leave it?
Have no fear of perfection — you'll never reach it.
Fear is the reason I seem so incapable of moving forward with the FINAL, final edits of Book 3 and finishing the rough draft on Book 4.
In the case of Book 3, I'm worried to miss a correction or make the story worse by over-editing. I've received such rave reviews about it that a big part of me says, "Just leave it exactly how it is!" But there's an inconsistency with a date, and dates are very important to the story. On top of that, I know it's there, and it's nearly impossible for me to walk away from anything when I know there's something off with it. I suppose that's my form of casual-OCD: things have to be just right before I can leave them alone.
On the other hand, as far as I'm aware, only one person noticed the discrepancy. My very final editor, who read the manuscript AFTER my beta team, AFTER two other editors, and AFTER my launch team, is the ONE person to find it. No one else has mentioned it. And hundreds and hundreds of copies have been purchased from Amazon. Sooooo, do I undertake a major rewrite to fix a date that doesn't seem to distract from the book? Or, do I hit the stinking submit button to order the print copies and move forward in my writing journey?
And by "move forward" I mean, tackle the remaining 22 chapters of Book 4 that seem to elude me :(
Well, it's not going to settle itself, so I'm off to sort through it. Wish me luck, please.
With love and hugs,