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The perils of preparing web-downloads

I am attempting, for the third time in my life, to have slightly more useful information and stuff available on my very under-utilized web-space.

Some of this involves putting up first chapters of various published novels on-line for download or .html perusal. But...the only file formats I have for these chapters are the ones they were submitted in. So I'm opening up what was a working file, and I'm reading it and trying to make sure that it more or less matches the later line-edited, copy-edited published version.

And because I'm doing this, I'm looking at sentences that I wrote fifteen years ago...and I'm trying, desperately, not to revise those sentences now. Or some of the paragraphs. Normally, when looking at a book, I don't have this impulse (I may, on the other hand, have the usual despairing but I could do this so much better now ones, but those are natural, I think, for anyone who is looking at work that is fifteen years old). But since I'm looking at a file...

An intervention may be required.

Comments

msagara
May. 11th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
Man, if you come up with a way to deter yourself, share with me so I can keep my husband from doing that to stories that he's written and are good and all of a sudden *hates*

Sadly, I'm failing my willpower roll. Luckily, I can cruise LJ until it goes away. But I do think a lot of writers do that; it's not that there is no love for the story itself, but you sometimes feel that the words have failed it. My husband, were he awake, would be entirely sympathetic to you, though :)
ovirginsaint
May. 11th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
At least the willpower roll wasn't a 1 ;)