I was hoping to put up more short stories. Some need revisions before I’m willing to put them out there on the internets. However, I’ve still working on revisions to my novel. I find that every time I think I’m done, I realize that no, in fact, I’m not. This is a good thing. Chapter 1, for instance, has already changed quite a bit since the version I put up here a few months ago. Stuff has been edited down. Stuff has been streamlined. I’m happy with it. We’ll see what happens.
I’m reminded of a chapter on revision in a textbook on composition I had for a writing class at UCLA. The chapter was just one page long and consisted of an excerpt from an interview Ernest Hemingway gave the Paris Review. He said he revised the ending to Farewell to Arms 39 times before he felt OK with it. The interviewer asked if something had stumped him, but Hemingway simply said he was just trying to get the words right. Yep.
Back to work.
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