Monthly Archives: January 2008

The pain of rewriting

So today was something like open-heart surgery on a patient that is not only awake, but moving around on the table. It went as follows: This is irretrievably broken. to I’ve fixed it. I rule! to This is irretrievably broken. … Continue reading

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Short story work

After getting wiped out by reading chapters 1-8, I officially gave up on Moneymaker for today and picked up the first draft of Three Coins, which I finished three or four weeks ago. It’s not bad. But it needs a … Continue reading

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Chapter Seven derails

I’ve just read Chapter Seven and the big scene in that chapter is a complete mess. That whole part has to be re-written, and who knows what that will do to the plot. That’s the problem. I should know. Ug. … Continue reading

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That’s not too bad

That’s not too bad. What I tell myself half-way into Chapter Five. It’s a good feeling to have. I’ve sped up my editing, changing my approach yet again. I’m looking for high-level problems mostly, and just marking bad sentences and … Continue reading

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The Weird Questions

I wonder if it’s only writers that find themselves asking questions like: “Is it possible be hung by a men’s tie? What if the tie was silk? Would it be long enough? Would it break?” I suppose murderers ask the … Continue reading

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