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.
On keeping the edit wheels turning on "Fall Of The Hammer".
Learn to cut stuff, lest your creative work becomes one giant act of paralysis.
The temptation to go back and touch up one's on work is strong.
On stopping in the middle of a first draft and starting over, sort of.
No good story is ever too long and no bad story is ever too short, but that's still no reason to waste breath.
What, I'm still editing the latest novel?! Well, yeah.
Some bits gleaned from the latest round of editing on my book.
The editing and rewriting process for any of my books always exposes me to the same dilemmas.
On giving, getting, and using good feedback on your work.
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