everyone needs somewhere to run to

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I've finished the first round of edits on "Shaping Lily" and sent them winging on their way back to the editor — who will doubtless send them straight back with a "Good work! You fixed exactly a drabble of the stuff that needed fixing…here's the stuff you didn't fix back again so you can have another go at that, and while we're at it here's some more!" Because edits are never done in one pass, and fixing one niggle always makes other jagged bits stand out. Writing is in the re-writing, as someone (actually probably various someones) famous has already opined.

Last night, instead of turning back to the poor oft-abandoned faerie novel as I should have done, I worked on a short story. Poor faerie novel: it has been picked up and put down so often it's surely going to have some serious continuity issues. And probably a good few narrative drive issues into the bargain. (Poor me, who will need to fix them!) All my stories get abandoned at some point, because my brain likes to switch to a different problem when I hit the middle of the story.1

Tonight… tonight I cannot decide what to work on. And I am getting distracted by Apple Dictionary only being in American English. Why is there no Australian English dictionary? Or at least a British English dictionary? I DO NOT SPEAK OR SPELL AMGLISH, APPLE.

  1. The one story which was written without any periods of abandonment, even minor ones, is Shadow Queen — although it did have its periods of stalled work while I grumbled and glared at it and muttered under my breath about recalcitrant plotlines. []

2 thoughts on “everyone needs somewhere to run to

  1. Am loving these revision posts – I'm now working on the second pass of one of my Clarion stories, and when I read the 'bean bag' post I laughed so hard my partner came in to see what the fuss was about. Then I made him sit down and read it, as a way of explaining what some of my days are like. 🙂

  2. I'm glad they're helping! (I find it amusing that I am doing edits on a Clarion story while you are doing edits on a Clarion story.) It's hard to explain to people the true GLAMOUR of the writing life 😉

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