I believe in revision

Because the piece would sound terrible if I did not revise. Sometimes, I can get away without revising, but most times I must. It shows that one is not perfect the first time. There will be mistakes and errors that go unnoticed the first time, so when one comes back to the piece, one sees the problems and fixes them. Revision is hard work, but can produce beautiful work.

Facing mortality?

If one struggles with identity and individuality, one may take on a persona, a performance, an image of somebody. Having shown the world an identity, one faces their mortality and starts to asks if what they believed was true. Does facing mortality make a difference to how one saw one’s self? How one believed in one’s self? Would an element of self-doubt or belief creep in, when one realizes that facing mortality can change everything one believed?

When going public

There are reviews I have done that I am proud of and there are reviews I have done I am not proud of. So, why would one send the piece in the first place? Individual reasons or circumstances differ, but writing can be a case of not doing as I do, but after I’ve done it, learn from it.¬†Experience is a learner, but being thoughtful I have learnt is always better.

Knowing when to say goodbye

When is the right time to say goodbye to a piece one has written? There was this story I was working on from about 2008. It was kind of an epic, intended as a novel, but might have been a series of short stories instead. I wrote a few drafts, but it didn’t sound the way it should. So, I left it for a rainy day.

One day, I looked at it again with a pair of fresh eyes. Lifting the story to a better level wasn’t worth the effort. So, it is now safely filed away as a relic of a past writing experience, one that was worth it. Because it was experience in writing fiction. But it is the right time to say goodbye to that piece. It wasn’t executed the way it should and to get it right would be a drag. I just knew it was the right time to move on.