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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-01-18 21:51
Subject: [writing] A little this, a little that
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Tags:escapement, process, stories, writing
The page proofs of Escapement Amazon ] arrived today. I have completed four chapters. It's interesting reading.

My schedule being odd, I spent the evening writing. I worked for almost three hours on the novella "America, Such as She Is". Using the New Model Process, I have gone very carefully through the text. I netted a very narrow gain in wordcount, less than 2% of the story length, with perhaps twice as many words cut.

Careful sculpting, in other words. Unlike my novels, where I'm increasingly willing to go in with power tools and a glad hand, at least when approaching the raw draft, this piece is so carefully balanced I don't want to knock it over. There is considerable editorial feedback, much of which I disagree with in the specific, but I am aligned with the intent of the feedback.

The hardest issue here is that even my intentions for the story are ambiguous. That's a very difficult trick to pull off, because it tends to create inappropriate ambiguity in the text. I'm working with a slightly different ending — literally 50 more words or so — as I try all the way through the manuscript to validate the deliberate uncertainties while eliminating the accidental.

Writing is hard. Especially when you can't set down your passion for a piece long enough to be an objective craftsman. At the same time, the passion is what carries this story. We'll see if the editors agree.
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Lawrence M. Schoen: PaperGolem
User: klingonguy
Date: 2008-01-19 13:49 (UTC)
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You are walking a subtle path, balancing deliberate uncertainties against the accidental. I like the notion though, and applaud the effort. I am very much looking forward to seeing the result. Yay, you!
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Jennifer Jackson
User: arcaedia
Date: 2008-01-19 16:23 (UTC)
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(and in a less dignified tone)...can't wait to read the revised version. Wants it, yes, we does.
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S. Boyd Taylor
User: sboydtaylor
Date: 2008-01-20 02:23 (UTC)
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Sounds fascinating to me, and I'm just a spectator. Sounds like a hard road, and I wish you the best of luck :)
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