Anyone can write…

William C. Knott, in The Craft of Fiction, cogently observes that “anyone can write – and almost everyone you meet these days is writing.  However, only the writers know how to rewrite,   It is this ability alone that turn the amateur into a pro.” — taken from Writing Fiction, A Guide to Narrative Craft (Burroway and Stuckey-French).

I don’t think Mr. Knott could be any more write right- because revision, I’m afraid, is a pain in the [____].  It takes an insane amount of determination and dedication; in most cases, it’s fueled by desire and rather than creativity.  It is subject to constant battles against procrastination, this post just the latest piece in the onslaught.  I remind myself that people, like the three mentioned authors above, have conquered this process before, and so, so can I.  Look at the bright side, 80,000 is nothing when it comes to revision!

 

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