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somewhat more than ten things I should bear in mind when confronted with incomplete novels

  1. This is not rocket science.
  2. This is also not Rocket Science.
  3. In some ways, however, it is like rocket science, in that if you get it wrong, you are going to hear about it.
  4. Sometimes, even if you get it right, you are going to hear about it.
  5. Or worse, not hear about it at all.
  6. In ten years, this book will be one of ten or fifteen books you have written in the last ten years. You will barely remember the plot. You will likely have a lingering fondness for several things about it, most likely the characters and the worldbuilding, and you will have forgotten the rest.
  7. And most of the trauma of the birth.
  8. At this point, it's unlikely to completely destroy your career, even if you bitch it up.
  9. You're probably not going to bitch it up as badly as you think you are.
  10. You are going to bitch up something about it.
  11. The book is better than you think it is.
  12. The book is better than your critics think it is.
  13. The book is worse than your fans think it is.
  14. The book will be as good as you can make it, and bewailing your inadequacies will not make it better.
  15. However, it may make it worse.
  16. This does not have to be that fraught. It will work itself out in the end. The universe is not on fire. In fact, not even the galaxy is on fire.
  17. All you have to do is write the book.

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The universe is not on fire. In fact, not even the galaxy is on fire.

I need to tattoo this on the backs of my hands.
I think my wife's ready to tattoo number 17 backwards on my forehead.
That's brilliant. Flat out brilliant.
The book will be as good as you can make it, and bewailing your inadequacies will not make it better.

But... what else am I going to do with them?
May I steal this for application to acting? It's so on point. And funny!
absolutely.
I copied and pasted this, printed it, and taped it to the side of my hard drive, which faces me when I write.

I have an Aug 1 deadline for shaking the secondbookitis. So thanks for this.

Any thing I can do for you? Bring the dessert cart around? More drinks? Anything?
hee. I have a book to deliver August 1 and a hundred more pages to write, and a con in the middle.

Eeee!
Aaah. I needed to hear this today.

"The universe is not on fire. In fact, not even the galaxy is on fire."


Well- maybe parts of it are, but those parts are very far away and I must remember that's what makes the whole thing shiny.
Let's say, shall we, not with fires that need putting out.
This does not have to be that fraught. It will work itself out in the end. The universe is not on fire. In fact, not even the galaxy is on fire.

The sun, however, is a mass of incandescent gas.

Sorry, couldn't resist.
A gigantic nulear FURnace--!
Where hydrogen is cooked into helium at a temperature of millions of degress.
The sun is hot, the sun is not / A place where we could live

(dammit, I'm earwormed)
But here on Earth there'd be no life without the light it gives!
You can do it.

I have complete faith in your abilities.
As my fifteen year old says:

"Word".

Ya done nailed it, girl, on the writing stuff. I have a feeling that you have a handle on this dodge after all.

It was delightful to finally meet you. I expect the wicked photos of the car and the miscreants held within in Locus next month.

Can I say how much I hate American Airlines? I finally got home but earlier than you did. You win; I don't know what you win but you win...

--claire
It was lovely to meet you, too.

And I dunno what I've got; but I'm trying....
and I thank you both!