First Drafts are a Mess

I think I’ve come to the resolve that my first drafts are going to be messy no matter how long or little amount of time I take agonizing over the next paragraph, and that it would be to my benefit to just power through it and fix the errors during the editing phase.  Something about not agonizing over every word has me worried, but logically speaking I don’t think it makes any difference. In Ersatz the hardest part of the book for me to write was the climax, so much so that I thought it was the worst part of the book and I really wanted to change it or scrap it entirely and write something new.  It turned out that almost all of my test audiences liked those bits the best out of the whole book and found them to be the most exciting. Maybe it’s...

The Problem With Constructive Criticism

I frequent a writing forum that has a ‘Share Your Work’ section.  It’s made for budding authors to post pieces of their work, (Usually about 2000 words long.) specify the level of constructive criticism they would like and then have the community pick it apart.  I’m sure that sounds a bit like vultures feeding on roadkill, but in actuality it’s all very civil. But I realized just now that even though you will likely gain some good tips from a constructive criticism forum such as that, you will probably never find out when your work is ‘good enough’ to be published or submitted. I know this because I often go to ‘Share Your Work’ to constructively criticize others’ work.  And today, right after I had...