Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake
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[process] Doing the difficult thing

Today I did something very difficult, which in fact I have never done before. I withdrew a story which had been accepted. (I have withdrawn stories from consideration under a few, limited circumstances.)

This is a story I like very much, at a market I like very much, with an editor I like and respect very much. But their vision of the story and mine have become increasingly incompatible, and I feel strongly about this.

Withdrawing a story is troublesome on several levels. First, one of my primary rules in life is not to be a pain in the ass. This is a very pain in the ass thing to do. Second, I really don't want to get up this editor's nose. (This is a specific case of the previous issue, I suppose.) Third, it just feels unprofessional.

Thing is, it feels more unprofessional to fight about the story, and it feels most unprofessional of all to compromise on story issues about which I hold great passion.

Sometimes you don't get to be the good guy.
Tags: personal, process, writing
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