it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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One of the things that got talked up in the panel on rewriting at WisCon was how the things you put on paper will never be as good as the things in your head.

I've heard this before.

It's more proof, I think, that I'm on crack, and I am not a normal writer.

The stuff I put on paper is so much better than the stuff in my head, it might as well not even belong to the same family tree. There's all this richness and subtext in what I write that wasn't there in my brain. And my worst writing is when I hit "flow." It's easy, sure--but it's full of word rep and scaffolding and glossed grounding and cliche and crap that needs to be heavily rewritten.

The stuff I sweat blood over, word by word? It's generally much better than the easy bits. At least in first draft, anyway.

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Progress notes for 31 May 2005:

Whiskey & Water

New Words: 799
Total Words: 97,728 / 109000
Pages: 436

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
109,000 / 160,000

Reason for stopping: bedtime
Mammalian Assistance: Marlowe is purring on my shoulder. I very much missed him, too. Also, he turned into a Grown Cat while I was away. (You know how they do? The chubby cheeks and upturned kitten nose have vanished, and he now has a face with character, as befits an adult. He's five, which is about the time for those things to happen, but it's always striking when it does.)
Stimulants: teaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Exercise: backpacking through O'Hare yesterday
Mail: nomail
Today's words Word don't know: skying, liaise, tippy, nubby, outrace, slumbery
Tyop du jour: She you in fifteen minutes (or) foundling her marcasite bracelet,
Darling du jour: And across from Felix, sipping chamomile from a gold-rimmed teacup, dressed in close-tailored perfection, sat a monster with a lemony smile.
Books in progress, but not at all quickly: Dorothy L. Sayers, The Unpleasantness At The Bellona Club;
Books finished: Chris Moriarty, Spin State;
Interesting research tidbits of the day:
Other writing-related work:

Book Meme

I've been tagged by Charles Stross:

1: Total number of books I own

Good lord. Who knows? My books are currently scattered in three or four states, and I've given away more than I've kept. (I tend to pass most books on, unless I love them or they're reference tomes. I am not a great rereader.)

So I probably own under a thousand books, but I've probably bought four times that many.

2: The last book I bought:

The Prodigal Troll, Charles Coleman Finlay

3: The last book I read

Spin State, by Chris Moriarty

4: Five books that mean a lot to me:

Hmm. Now there's a tough one. Does that mean books I found world-changing, or books I've reread until they fall apart? The Last Unicorn, Watership Down, The Black Stallion, Faustus, Loading Mercury with a Pitchfork

5:Tag five people and have them do it on their blogs

If the spirit moves you---

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