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writing semicolon

and so it goes

So I've started revising 7faS, and I have realized something. I think if I do the fussy line editing, and clean up the false trails, all I have to do is add a few scenes and I have a serviceable novella.

The trick, of course, is figuring out what Abby Irene's evil master plan is so I can write the scenes where it's important, because those are the ones that are missing, now.

Still. I shall apply my new motto as a writer, which is this: Think about what you are doing, rather than how you are doing it.

Because after many years of thinking about how I am doing things, that process is not longer serving me, and I need a new one now. Which, apparently, means learning to live with the unconscious competence thing.

Well, you never learn to write novels. You only learn to write this novel.

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Thank you for making me think with this one. I just finished putting out my first novel and am already getting poked by readers for the sequel, but I'm not quite ready in terms of mindset to take on the next one. I know the experience won't be the same and I fear I'll wind up overthinking it. (As is my wont, sadly...)
Thanks for the comment! Since that's a pretty major spoiler, I'm screening it--just so you know it's nothing personal.
Think about what you are doing, rather than how you are doing it.
Which, apparently, means learning to live with the unconscious competence thing.


Ah!

Thanks for that tid-bit. I'm all 'splained now.

Sincerely,
Consciously Incompetent - Tulsa, OK
Bear said: Well, you never learn to write novels. You only learn to write this novel.


Thank you, Bear. That was my personal mind-blowing for the day. One I desperately needed.
It's after Gene Wolfe, actually. *g*
That's the problem with this writing bit... too much time to think.

as the Nike ad sez...

Just Do It.

Granted, I went through a period when I interpreted it as "just do I.T.", (insert rim-shot), but I have to admit it's one of the harder lessons I keep re-learning...

Taking on a teaching gig forces that hand more often than I'd initially have thought; can't do much stalling and over-thinking when the lecture/lab is in motion...

If you'd ever witnessed the horrible clutter of my lair (ask ashacat sometime- she's the only person I've let in in years), you'd see how indecisiveness has been a bane of mine.
"...you never learn to write novels. You only learn to write this novel."

This is amazing. Mind if I quote you?
It's not mine. It's me misquoting Neil Gaiman misquoting Gene Wolfe.
Ooooh, well said! *pops into memories* I just love when you share tidbits of your thought process like this.
I Luff your icon.