Posts Tagged ‘perseverance’

Crossroads and Cul-de-sacs

January 15th, 2011 No comments

So, I may have mentioned before about the values of A) Doing research, and B) Making things up as you go along.  A lot of my writing has been very improvisational in the past, and this obviously leads to having reams and reams of material where different routes emerge, almost as though I were writing some kind of long winded chose your own adventure book. 

Well, I’ve hit a bit of a snag with this. Read more…


November 19th, 2010 No comments

There will inevitably come a time as a writer when you are assailed by this.  I figured I’d do a post on this now because I’m currently in the midst of a tempest of self-doubt.  As you can tell by the florid and melodramatic imagery that will be peppered throughout. Read more…

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Revisiting Old Work. Again.

August 26th, 2010 No comments

So a few months back, I wrote a post about how stupid it is to revisit old work.  Well, this week I’m playing devil’s advocate.  Read more…

As good as a rest

June 10th, 2010 No comments

I’m nearly at the point in my novel where I said I would stop for a break. But now that I’m so close to that point, I’m really really crawling, and finding it hard to get into it. Read more…

Revisiting old work

February 25th, 2010 No comments

OK, never, EVER do this. Seriously, if you haven’t looked at a piece of work in over a year, then you’d be better off just deleting it.

OK, well now that that advice has been readily ignored, allow me to explain. Read more…

In training

December 4th, 2009 No comments

So I’ve been reading What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami. Now I came rather late to Murakami’s work, and have only read a few of his novels, but I find his distinct lyrical style easy to read, and highly engaging. Read more…

Crap – I stopped again

November 21st, 2009 No comments

You join me at the end of a poor week for writing. Well, for my writing, anyway. I previously blogged about a break, asking if it’s a good idea. Well, despite my intentions it seems I’ve had a break anyway. Read more…

Getting an Agent

October 31st, 2009 No comments

‘How did we ever get this far? I don’t know.’

The Godfather

Many people have asked me how I came about to get this far with the writing. I love when people ask me that as if I’m polishing my Pulitzer Prize for Literature already. The fact is, I know that this is going to be a long arduous journey. I know that I won’t be published with the next month or even six months. Hell, it could be a year before I see any results Read more…

Keeping a routine

September 4th, 2009 No comments

Keeping a writing routine is hard. On the face of it, it’s easy – decide you want to do something and then do it. Then do it again, then  again, then again. But in practice, it’s something quite different. Read more…

Let it simmer

August 20th, 2009 No comments
Okay, so your first draft. You have written your masterpiece. You’re aware that now begins the honing and chipping to get everything just so. But you’ve read it over and read it over again, and apart from a few tweaks it seems fine. But is it really?<!–more–>
One thing teachers and my mother always told me when it came to editing – leave it for a bit. Of course, then it mostly applied to schoolwork – essays and their ilk. So it was not always practical to leave the work and not look at it for a while, especially if the woprk was done at the last minute! But it does help to file it away somewhere for a couple of weeks; a month if you can, and let it simmer.
The problem is you’ve had your head right in it for weeks (or months for longer projects), and you’ve completely lost your objectivity. Ideally you should be coming at it as if it’s someone else’s work (I don’tknow about you, but I always find it easier to edit someone else’s efforts), as if you are reading it for the first time. Now, it may be impossible to reach that ideal, but you can get pretty close. You will find a lot more things to change and it will be a better piece of work because of it.
I reckon the best time to do it is when you think the work is finished. Do a quick round of editing perhaps, to pick up anything obvious, and when it feels like you’re just about done, put it away. It’s not like you’re going to be twiddling your thumbs for the next month – start a new project. Keep reading, keep writing. And this may go on for several rounds. I like to do one extra round just in case anyway, but if you’ve made sweeping changes, re-written whole pages, you might want to check that they still ring true after another month.
Who amongst us does somehting similar? How long do you leave your work for, and do you show people before or after you’ve finished editing?

Okay, so your first draft is done. You have written your masterpiece. You’re aware that now begins the honing and chipping to get everything just so. But you’ve read it over and read it over again, and apart from a few tweaks it seems fine. But is it really? Read more…

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