When to quit...?!

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Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:39 pm Post

I can only speak for myself, but when I feel resistance to writing something, it's one of two things:

1) I don't know what I want to write about clearly enough yet. I'm a weird hybrid between pantser and plotter, so I have to have some stuff figured out and then I can sit down and go and the rest works itself out. But if I haven't done that skull work to figure out the deep structure, eventually I bring myself to a halt.

2) I am suffering from perfectionism. I've picked up on flaws in what I've already written and I want to go fix them because I'm not sure how I'm going to save the work. I am still working on retraining myself that revision time comes AFTER the draft. Every draft is going to be broken, the goal is to reduce the breakage as an overall trend. Yes, this means potentially more rewrites. But it potentially means LESS work overall because I'll have the whole draft to look over and figure out how to fix it, possibly saving myself time and energy vs. endless perpetual partial rewrites.
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Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:01 am Post

After this long what you should do is . . . print it out.

All 500 pages? Yes, indeed. When you read through that monstrous stack on your desk picking up one piece of paper after another it wildly changes your view.


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Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:02 pm Post

pigfender wrote:Basically, I think I’m asking for “permission” to keep going.

no, i don,t think you are.

i,ve seen this before quite a few times. this is you asking for permission to quit.

sorry. permission denied.

starting stories is easy. finishing them is hard and doing it well takes practice. i don,t care if the story is rubbish. finish the first draft at least. just do it quickly.
i am happy to give feedback on short passages.

be warned, though. my feedback can be blunt... always well intentioned and aimed at helping you improve, but possibly more honest than you are used to.

as such, i will only chip in if directly invited.

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Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:29 pm Post

I saw this today: https://societyofauthors.org/Prizes/Soc ... rial-Prize and thought of Rog for some reason.

Imagine if they added the constraint: ... and under 80; that would pile on the pressure.

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Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:36 pm Post

I’ve got a way to go before I’m eligible for that one, unless you think it’ll be a couple of decades before I publish anything.

Okay, fair enough.
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