Finished Versus Done…
April 3, 2015
“The Joy of Story,” to steal a phrase from a wonderful author, publisher, and one-time blog-tour-mate, John M. Daniel http://johnmdaniel.blogspot.com/ – is a phrase I like, and really believe as a concept. A well written story to me is indeed a joy, and when I read those kind of stories, I’m in awe and appreciation. A story that is complex, symbolic yet real, characters (ones you like and hate) that are identifiable, while also being unique, settings that take you there, puzzles to solve (murder or otherwise)—are some of the elements that bring the “joy” to me as a reader. P.D. James said to “read well,” and I so agree! So I keep re-reading her books.
In my personal writing adventure—learning and trying to do all those things I admire—I easily bog myself down. Rewriting, refining, blah, blah, blah. But also being a practical and lazy person, at a certain point usually also say, “hell with it,” this book will never be as good as I want it to be, time to move on. With this novel, I forgot to move on for far too long. Finally, I did say, this is it, no more refinements, rewrites, edits, whatever, and I sent it off to my publisher (several more edits!). So here it is, unfinished (ha, ha never will be), but done. There is something to be said, and a joy to be felt, I think, not only from telling the story, but also from a story finally told.
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