Dear Friends, this is David Telbat with an Author Reflection about writing. With my action-adventure, post-apocalyptic novel, Dawn of Affliction, now released, I’m staring at the original handwritten draft of five hundred pages. Its pages are filled with scribbles, mistakes, and corrections in a variety of ink colors. What if I would’ve stopped writing after I noticed the first mistake in the manuscript, or the first careless misspelling of a word? Life seems to be illustrated in this long manuscript full of scribbles and mistakes.
Are Mistakes the End of the Story?
Writing a novel can be true joy, but the longer the novel and the more complicated the plot, the more concerned I am with missing a minor detail or forgetting an important plot twist. In every early draft of a book, I admit I find (or others find) mistakes both great and small, before we go to the presses. Some errors require a dictionary to correct spelling, and other mistakes require ten pages of rewriting.
Finding mistakes—or having proofreaders and beta-readers help identify errors in a novel—is not too tragic, if we really pause and consider what’s being done. What if the mistakes weren’t found? What if no one told me about the plot errors? No, corrections and fixes and rewrites are precisely what makes a novel better, not worse.
The Mistakes in Life
Like scribbled, corrected manuscripts, our lives would be truly depressing if we focused too much on the mistakes along the way. True, others may want to remind us often of those errors, but we have learned that it isn’t mistakes that ruin a manuscript, but the mistakes that are never brought to light.
I wish rewriting certain chapters of my life was as simple as rewriting a novel draft, but it’s not. Mistakes happen in life, and we cannot change what happened, but we can acknowledge the mistakes and submit to God for strength and inspiration for heartfelt change. There’s no white-out for life’s blunders and past sins, but from God’s perspective, He has assured us that our mistakes do not define us. Submitting to His Son’s righteousness is what defines us right now and for the future.
If someone has held you captive to the scribbles of your past, just remember that a novel isn’t made perfect until the mistakes are first brought to the surface and marked with a red pen. Mistakes aren’t the end of the story; they’re only objects of correction to begin a new chapter.
It is my hope that as you read Dawn of Affliction, you will enjoy a story of imperfect people who understand their lives are not defined by what is done but by Whom they follow for their salvation from this fallen world. May the Person you follow be Jesus Christ for your correction in life.
See you on the next page!
We hope you’ve enjoyed, or will enjoy, Dawn of Affliction! Thanks to you who have let David Telbat know what you thought of it. Reviews help him to know if he hit the mark. And special thanks to Karen M, Sharon L, Gayle, and Athena for your recommended corrections/fixes on this long manuscript! We really appreciate you going the extra mile.
Novel Update: David is now busy writing the Resolution Series, which will include many past characters that you may have been missing. 😉 He says this will be a four-book novella series that will be released at the same time late spring/early summer. You can watch our Novel News Page here for up-to-date progress.
COMING UP: Join us next time for a book review by David Telbat on a favorite novel he read in, “D.I. Telbat Review of The Occupied by Craig Parshall.”