Galley proofs require perfectionism. Perfectionism requires patience. I’m good at patient perfectionism, but I will admit, I am running up against the edge of my famously long attention span. This is one of the many parts of a writer’s job that you will never see depicted in a Hollywood movie. They can try to create an illusion of excitement over the first-draft stage by showing the writer-protagonist resorting to alcohol, but alcohol is not compatible with galley proofs. Alas.
This is a good problem to have. Galley proofs mean a book is coming out. And somewhere at the end of this weekend’s 30 hours of work will be a margarita. With salt.