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"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ... a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).
“…Every man at his best state is altogether vanity.” Psalms
Recently I’ve been
doing the last revisions of a romantic dramedy (comedic drama) that is set to
go out my editor for query. Honestly, I’ve read, and reread, this book so many
times I could probably rewrite it from memory. Much to my chagrin, each time I
go over it I find some new mistake. A comma in the wrong place, a repeated word
(which has suddenly become extremely visible for some inexplicable reason), a
plethora of “ly” words, too many pronoun starts, too many repetitive uses of
names.I could go on and on, but I’ll
not bore you with the details.
But when it comes to
writing I’m a bit of an obsessive perfectionist. I just HAVE to get it RIGHT!
The problem is my work will never achieve perfection. Every time I reread my
manuscript I will find something to tweak. It’s one of the reasons I never
reread a book after it has been published.
I know at some
point, as authors, we just have to let the book go. We need to declare the work
finished and complete, even if it has a few flaws, otherwise we’d work on it
forever and never move forward.
It’s odd how in my
writing life, I’m such a perfectionist. Because other areas of my life lack
that drive. My bed doesn’t have to be made every day. I’m not obsessive about
the dust bunnies that gather under the furniture. My garden has weeds, even
though I hate the thought. As much as perfection drives my writing,
imperfection steers an even larger part of my life.
Thank goodness God,
the author of my life, doesn’t reread me every day, picking at my inadequacies,
because I, like my books, will never achieve perfection. I could tweak my life,
my thoughts, my actions every second of my life and never become righteousness
enough for God’s standards. At some point I have to say, “I’m doing the best I
can. God’s grace and Jesus’ sacrifice will have to see me through. Because
without those two things, even at my best state I am “altogether vanity.” (Psalms
Catherine Castle has been writing
all her life. Before beginning her career as a romance writer she worked
part-time as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and photographs to
her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular market. Besides
writing, Catherine loves traveling with her husband, singing, and attending
theatre. In the winter she loves to quilt and has a lot of UFOs (unfinished
objects) in her sewing case. In the summer her favorite place to be is in her
garden. She’s passionate about gardening and even won a “Best Hillside Garden”
award from the local gardening club.
Her debut inspiration romantic
suspense, The Nun and the Narc, from
Soul Mate Publishing was an ACFW Genesis Finalist, a 2014 EPIC finalist, and
the winner of the 2014 Beverly Hills Book Award and the 2014 RONE Award.