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Link Salad and revisions and mental process and Schtuff.

Astronomical Diamonds here and here (these are obviously rip-and-cuts from the same wire story, alas.)

I told you my bra felt like it was designed by the Army Corps.

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Dayvid Figler is a Las Vegas judge who is also a local radio commentator. He--from the distance of our relationship across the airwaves--seems to me a humane cynic, a compassionate curmudgeon, and generally the sort of person I'd like to know.

You should listen to his take on juvenile offenders being tried as adults.

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Wound up getting through a bunch more pages of The Stratford Man over the last couple of days, despite near-obsessive cat waxing. I've completely lost track of what page I'm on because I'm working off of Hannah's non-MS-format printout currently, but Hannah's notes are really sharp (as always) and I'm almost done with Act III. Which means (goes to look at MS format manuscript) oh, look, I'm on page 641 out of 1141 pages. I'm halfway done. (I have a small pile of edited pages here that need to be input, and I've cut close to twenty pages in total length despite adding approximately ten pages of narrative, so all in all I think this is a successful rewrite so far.

The heavy rolling revisions on the first draft (which mean that first and second draft more or less happen at the same time, and third draft becomes an exercise in tuning and twiddling and oh-I'd-better-establish-this and where-did-that-glaring-plot-hole-come-from?) are work then, but a nice thing come rewrite time.

It's another way in which all the things that I do contradict the Good Advice for Writers. I am a freak. A freak, and you should not model your work habits after mine, because mine include most of the things that are allegedly destructive to writers. I do all the following Bad Things: (1) Talk about books in progress, in great detail and sometimes obsessively. In fact, I can't write them unless I talk about them (2) Rewrite and revise (sometimes drastically) before I've finished the draft (3) Seek feedback as an ongoing process, before I've finished the draft.

The down side to all this is that once I've actually finished a draft and gotten it into a shape that feels good in my head (which is when I call it a draft) it's really difficult for me to gut the whole thing and start over, because it feels *finished* to me. I can add and subtract, revise and tune and twiddle--but redrawing is very, very hard for me, because the structure of the book has crystallized in my mind. (This my ongoing fight with the Evil That Is Bridge.) The upside is, well, I get very clean drafts.

Of course, once I show it to Jenn, she'll find stuff that neither I not my betareaders saw. But that's because she's good at her job.

My goal is to quit screwing around and finish by Monday night.

Oh, and I think today is the anniversary of some massacre in Chicago or something. I'm too lazy to look it up. *g*

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It's another way in which all the things that I do contradict the Good Advice for Writers. I am a freak. A freak, and you should not model your work habits after mine, because mine include most of the things that are allegedly destructive to writers.

One of the most important things I've learned from rec.arts.sf.composition is that all writers work differently and that any advice claiming there is a Right and Proper Way to write is going to be totally wrong for a goodly percentage of writers. So you are not a freak, you just have ways of working that suit you.

As to talking about WIPs. I can talk about my WIP quite happily and in some detail, but then I'll reach a point where I have to stop because what I mustn't do is tell the story or it triggers the this story is finished feeling in my brain and all desire to write it fades away. But when green_knight and I manage to get together for one of our lunches and writing chats, I usually get a productive surge immediately after. Also my natural inclination is to do both 2 and 3 above, but unfortunately it slows the production down to a crawl and there is grave danger of getting stuck in the endless revision loop. So this time I'm forcing myself to get a complete draft finished, even if it's sketchy in places, before I begin revising.

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There's a John Gorka song with the lyric, "It won't work for you but it works for me."

So, yeah. *g* What you said.
I had a bra I referred to as the Tacoma Narrows. It felt like a suspension bridge, but the bouncing became nontrivial after fairly little use. One doesn't generally think of the Tacoma Narrows in lavendar lace, but there you are.

I currently have--and I apologize in advance for the TMI, but I just have to share--the boob holster. It's the first front-close bra I've had in 13 years (and I'm only 25!), and before it's hooked, it feels/looks like my breasts are the heat I am packing in one of those over-the-shoulder holster dealies. I fear this bra is going to get me into duels, because I just feel recklessly armed in it. "Pistols at dawn! Tits at high noon!"

I think I shall sit quietly in a corner until I am fit for polite company again. Luckily, we don't expect any of that today.
I do all the following Bad Things: (1) Talk about books in progress, in great detail and sometimes obsessively. In fact, I can't write them unless I talk about them (2) Rewrite and revise (sometimes drastically) before I've finished the draft (3) Seek feedback as an ongoing process, before I've finished the draft.

I must not be listening to the right people. I've never heard any of these described as destructive to writers. (That said, I don't do any because I know from experience not to — especially the first. In fact, talking too much to myself about a work in progress — that is, outlining at any but the most sketchy level — is not a good idea.)

"Honor your process — it is yours," as the wise Jane Yolen says.

---L.
I do all the following Bad Things: (1) Talk about books in progress, in great detail and sometimes obsessively. In fact, I can't write them unless I talk about them (2) Rewrite and revise (sometimes drastically) before I've finished the draft (3) Seek feedback as an ongoing process, before I've finished the draft.

I do all of these things, too. Not so much on #2, though, at least this time. I always did it before, though!

The down side to all this is that once I've actually finished a draft and gotten it into a shape that feels good in my head (which is when I call it a draft) it's really difficult for me to gut the whole thing and start over, because it feels *finished* to me. I can add and subtract, revise and tune and twiddle--but redrawing is very, very hard for me, because the structure of the book has crystallized in my mind.

I KNOW this feeling. I have to give it a long time to marinate or just make a drastic change so it FEELS like a new story.
::glances into the shadows shiftily::

I think my head might actually explode if I wasn't able to wail about the awful plot twist that came to me the night before.

But my characters are just too vocal.

Also I do some of my best thinking off other people, strange as that probably is.