As I dive into revising Luna Park, the novel I horked out in the month of November during Nanowrimo, this post from Flavorwire inspires me. Especially this gem from Roald Dahl. “By the time I am nearing the end of a story, the first part will have been reread and altered and corrected at least one hundred and fifty times. I am suspicious of both facility and speed. Good writing is essentially rewriting. I am positive of this.”
How do you work so quickly? Truly impressed and love the title!
The only reason was Nanowrimo… I’ve never been a quick drafter, and the quality (or lack thereof!) definitely shows. It’s a big steaming pile right now. 😉 But revision is what I love, and I’ve definitely got my work cut out for me. Excited to hear about your novel and how it’s coming. We need to get together soon!
Thanks for sharing. Love all the thoughts. It can seem overwhelming but day by day, it works…I hope.
I don’t mind rewriting. In fact, I often enjoy it, if it means I’ve learned something new about the craft of writing and am rewriting my prose to make it better. Most writers worth their salt should, at least theoretically, agree that rewriting is a never-ending process, since you damn well never want to feel you are at the end of learning how to write.