Saturday, February 1, 2014


That Novel Will Never Be Perfect

From Katie Hayoz

I’m not a perfectionist.  Little mistakes don’t bother me.  But when it comes to my writing, I take pride in what I do and I want what I put out there to be not just decent, but good.  I rewrote Untethered at least eighteen times.  Literally.  And I’m talking full-on, rip-it-up and make do with the shreds kind of rewriting, not moving sentences around. What started as a five page story ended up (20 years later) to be a 340 page novel.  That novel went through so many critiquing sessions and beta readers that I was sure it would be perfection by the time it was published.

Ha.  Not quite.

Writing is art, and like all art there is a point where the person creating the work just has to stop. She just has to tell herself that particular piece is the best she can make it right then.  That’s the sticker: right then.  Because the truth is that you can always go back and make it better.  There will always be holes you missed or mistakes you made or words that paint a clearer picture.  But if you keep going back and going back and going back you never move on.  Never get on to the next book; the one that first one prepared you for.

My dad paints watercolor. I can’t tell you the number of times he’s looked at a picture of his, already framed and on the wall, and said, “Why did I think this was finished? This whole section could use reworking.”  My mom rolls her eyes.  I understand.  I totally do. 

But there was a point when I just had to quit trying to make Untethered perfect.   A point where my writing group and my family and friends said, “Stop already!”  So I did.  I’m proud of this novel -- the characters, the world, the writing itself.  However, that didn’t keep me from face-palming myself after its publication.  There were things that I see now that I couldn’t see then.  It kills me.  And yet…

And yet I could go in, change it all and six months from now I’d be face-palming myself again.  So, I’ve left it as is.  I’ve moved onto another novel.  It’s finished; sort of.  I’ve done three drafts – three pick away the fleshy parts and gnaw on the bone drafts.  I’ll rewrite it one more time. Then I’ll need to tell myself, “Stop already!  That novel will never be perfect.” 

But I’m hoping it will be damn good. 

*Katie Hayoz was born in Racine, WI, USA but ended up in Geneva, Switzerland, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and two fuzzy cats. She devours YA novels like she does popcorn and black licorice: quickly and in large quantities. 

Untethered is a paranormal coming of age novel that follows 16-year-old Sylvie on a unique and slightly sinister journey of self-acceptance. Sylvie has an ability to leave her physical body and astral project. While it could be akin to a superpower, she sees it as a curse.  That is, until the day she decides to play with its dark side. Sylvie then sets an evil plan in motion that she believes will change her life for the better.  But she does not count on it spiraling out of control.

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(Thank you to Rave Reviews Book Club and all the members who so generously agreed to host me on their site!)

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  1. Thanks for hosting this author from Rave Reviews Book Club. I will have to check out her book.

  2. Fabulous post! I'm looking forward to reading Katie's book.

  3. Thank you for hosting Katie on your blog as the Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author. I have been following Katie for some time now and am very excited that she was given this honor. I look forward to reading her book.

  4. Thanks to Rave Reviews Book Club and to Katie Hayoz for allowing me to be a part of their awesome blog tour! And thanks to the many book lovers who joined us!

  5. I am so thrilled to be a spotlight author and I want to say a huge thank you to you for hosting me on the blog!

  6. We are so thrilled to have you as our second spotligiht author. Katie I downloaded a copy of your book and can't wait to read it! The first page grabbed my attention. But I have to take the time to get to it in between other reads.
    Again, Congratulations from RAVE REVIEWS BOOKCLUB!

  7. Brianna, thank you for featuring RAVE REVIEWS' SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR, Katie Hayoz! Katie, congratulations and best wishes for your continued success! ((Hugs)) :)

  8. Love the name of the blog, Brianna. Perfection is hard thing (um...I'd say, impossible) to come by, Katie. Have a good time with the tour.

  9. Thanks for hosting this author, Brianna. Congratulations, Katie!

  10. Thanks for hosting this week's Rave Reviews Book Club's SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR! Congrats to Katie, I can't wait to get your book!

  11. Nice article! Thanks for posting it and thanks for hosting Rave Reviews Book Club's spotlight authors!

  12. Katie,
    It must feel great not to worry about any more rejection letters. Much success with your book. Thanks, Cozy Corner, for featuring Katie.

  13. Thanks for hosting Katie, Brianna! You are always so very supportive! XOXO


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