When questions come to mind while writing a work, I have strategies for keeping them from growing without bound.
No matter how much work I put into any one book, it's going to be "bad" according to someone, somewhere, and there's not a thing I can do about it.
I'm almost done with editing the proof copy of Shunga-Satori, and I found ... well, a fair number of things that somehow managed to elude me in previous drafts.
Barely. (More on writing draft 2 of "Shunga-Satori")
"The 'three-act structure' and the 'hero’s journey', are editing tools, not writing tools."
A third of the way through the major rewrite of a new book, and some lessons learned.
Welcome to draft 1.5 (so to speak) of "Shunga-Satori".
That last long stretch of finishing up a book is often taken up with nattering about the kinds of details only you and one other jerk can see.
On editing the paper proof of "Unmortal", always a radically different experience from a digital edit.
On getting hung up finding the right word.
I've got one of those projects in mind that needs paring down.
"The ability to know when something is done is a skill."
Your job when writing a story is to listen to what this material is telling you it needs to be, and go there.
It took a year to produce a first draft of "Unmortal". It was worth the wait.
It's easily to write badly. It's even easier to write badly when everyone else gets away with it.
Two different ways of making a story complete in terms of what it addresses.
Drafts of a work are experiments. They just point the way, and help you narrow it further.
I had to fight the urge to make changes to 'Flight Of The Vajra' in its new edition.
Proof edits on 'Fall Of The Hammer' almost done. It was worth it.
In re the magic of editing on something other than a screen.
'Fall Of The Hammer' inches yet closer to release. Just a few lingering changes, and a lesson learned from same.
If I was a filmmaker, my latest book would be at what could be the "answer print" phase. Done, but not quite *done*.
More on how most writers are not good givers of writerly feedback. Few people are.
On how my friend and fellow writer Matt is against the idea of the "hook" as a narrative mechanism.
I'm not on anyone's schedule but my own, although it's sometimes hard to remember that.