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.
The more you go through the draft process and learn how to detach yourself from any particular incarnation of the material, the easier it gets.
The most amazing thing about the next draft of 'The Fall Of The Hammer' is how much of it will end up not getting ditched, as I feared might happen.
On not backing up in the middle of a first draft ... and then doing exactly that.
On kicking off a third draft.
Who turns around and starts over in the middle of a first draft? A case study.
Why nothing beats the "in-the-trenches" experience of writing.
How 'Flight Of The Vajra' could have begun altogether differently.
On resisting a reworking.
On rewriting: "No, no, I can't cut that, it's there for a REASON!"
On using (and abusing) the rewrite process's "things to do" list.
On finding my way through the second draft of a story.
Next up: revisions on my next novel, and rough plans for a future one.
Rewrite, revise, revisit, rethink.
Still hard at work.
How I write, and how I rewrite.
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