It’s the first Wednesday in August, and therefore time for an Insecure Writer’s Support Group post! If you’re looking to join a great online group to participate, collaborate, and support you on your author journey, come on over and join. We’d love to have you.

The awesome co-hosts for the August 2 posting of the IWSG are Kate Larkindale, Diane Burton, Janet Alcorn, and Shannon Lawrence!

August 2 question: Have you ever written something that afterwards you felt conflicted about? If so, did you let it stay how it was, take it out, or rewrite it?

I’ve already addressed a very similar type of question before (in the usual unhinged SE way with gifs galore). The short answer if you don’t feel like clicking is no, not really. Although you really should click over and read it because it includes an evangelical octopus in a non-satirical way and when do you ever get to read about proselytizing cephalopods? You are welcome in advance.

Anyway, Romance as a genre tends towards being fluffy and not towards being conflicting for authors. And by the time I hit ‘publish’ the manuscript has gone through so many rounds of vetting, which include other editorial eyes than mine, that nothing more conflicting than your average everyday grammar mistake gets through.

To expand on my answer, I do go back in and fix those grammar and spelling mistakes. They drive me crazy, like an itch at the back of my brain I can’t touch. If I wrote something insensitive or harmful and a reader pointed it out (this is a very probable scenario which I have already had anxiety about) I would definitely take corrective steps. One of the nicer parts of self-publishing is that you can update your manuscript and re-publish. It’s a pain and I’m sure it takes forever for the update to get to all platforms, but it is technically doable. And my entire intent when writing is to give someone a lovely warm happily ever after feeling, not to hurt them. So if/when that conflicted feeling arises, I would make the changes and re-write.

Have an Umbrella Academy gif set, as my reward for making it thorough that entire post.