(162): On rewriting my novel, A Weird Hope
On rewriting my novel, A Weird Hope
By Muhsin Ibrahim
I published my novel, A Weird Hope, in 2012. I don't have a copy of the book today. However, as I worked on publishing a second edition very soon, I asked a friend who still keeps a copy to send me its imprints. I found avoidable errors in the "Acknowledgment". What about other parts of the book? It's pretty embarrassing.
Beyond that, I felt happy. I was glad because my writing skills are evidently better today. That enabled me to see those blunders. That led me to upgrade the language of the forthcoming edition. I also insisted on getting a competent editor, not just one that would do it for me free or quickly. Hey, you may still see errors. I'm human - and a Learner.I shall talk more about the book once it's released. For now, I advise fellow budding writers to never stop practising. Writing is a passion. Nevertheless, they should take their time getting their manuscripts published.
I know the euphoria of seeing your writing published even online, not to talk of holding a physical book. It's so fulfilling. But publish only what you will always be proud of, and that requires a meticulous, even tedious job. It can take years to see the light of day.
Anyway, A Weird Hope will soon be published on Amazon in Kindle and paperback, in sha Allah. I will also tell you how I learned to do that and why. It will likely motivate you to enquire, explore and experiment even more.