Finished

I have finished my novel. Hooray! Stats: 121,304 words. 44,107 of them since the 1st of November. There is, of course, a great deal still to do before it will be ready for anyone else to see, but I'm going to put it away for a couple of months before starting rewrites. There is one…

Whether You Want To Or Not

Note: If you've seen multiple copies of this post, it's because I had trouble with accidentally posting it in the wrong format, and then Wordpress refusing to let me change it. Hopefully be all right now. "Write even when you don't want to," say some people encouraging us to write every day. That would be…

The Writing Process

In What Writers Really Do When They Write George Saunders gives a great insight into some parts of his working process.

What does an artist do, mostly? She tweaks that which she’s already done. There are those moments when we sit before a blank page, but mostly we’re adjusting that which is already there. The writer revises, the painter touches up, the director edits, the musician overdubs.

Or “Writing is rewriting,” as someone once put it.1

It’s a good piece, and well worth reading. Oddly, in the printed edition (Saturday’s Guardian Review section) it was entitled “Master of the Universe.”


  1. Hard to find who, but it seems to have been Hemingway. Whose writing I don’t like, but that doesn’t mean he was wrong. []
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All the Things in the World

Do you ever look around and think how amazing everything is? How it all got there? And I'm not talking about the grandeur of nature, the glory of the universe, and all that. I'm talking about all the human-made stuff. I have often found myself in the middle of a city, or looking out of…

Some More Bitface Thoughts

Something I forgot to mention yesterday was that I thought the "bitface" term was useful not just to refer to people who manipulate bits for a living (or hobby) -- programmers, like myself. It can also work to discuss anyone who makes digital content: websites, blogs, podcasts, videos, photos, and so on. We're all moving…

One Month Gone

As you'll know if you've been paying attention, I've challenged myself to blog every day this year. Well, the first twelfth of the year (approximately) has gone, and I've succeeded so far (my problems posting last Saturday notwithstanding). One or two posts were extremely short, maybe just a link and a few words. But most…

Andy’s unpunctuated ambiguity

"[Andy Murray finally reveals views on Scottish independence](http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scottish-independence/11103345/Andy-Murray-finally-reveals-views-on-Scottish-independence.html)", says the headline in the Telegraph. It goes on to say he "appeared to declare his support for Scottish independence". That "appeared" is key, because the lack of punctuation and capitalisation in Andy's tweet actually allows at least a couple of interpretations: > Huge day for Scotland…

3,446 words today for a NaNoWriMo total so far of 15,724. That also completes a 20,000 word novella called “All Tomorrow’s Troubles”. Going well. Now I can get back to my novel.

This “short story” that I was going to knock out before getting back to my novel is growing into a behemoth. At 12000 words it’s thoroughly a novelette, and heading squarely for novella-land.

November spawned some words (but not that many)

I'm not very good at this [NaNoWriMo](http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/about) thing, it turns out (again). This year I declared myself a [NaNo Rebel](http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/forums/nano-rebels/threads/60762) (basically anyone who aims to write 50,000 words, but not of a brand-new novel). I had originally hoped to finish my [previous novel](http://devilgate.org/blog/2010/11/30/nono/) before November started, and leave November clear for taking a big run…