dissatisfied—a picture of me, editing me

Sunday, September 9, 2012

When people tell me that I write fast, that book making must be so very easy for me, that I must just plow through my stories, that I'm so lucky, I'm tempted to show them my desk.  First, all the handwritten pages, discarded.  Then all the typed pages, printed, edited, discarded.  Then another typed page—because I thought I was done—which is printed, scribbled over, and discarded.

This, above, is how it really is for me.

Very little satisfies.


Serena said...

Ah the perfectionist is never satisfied, I'm afraid...but all this toil is so worth the results I've seen in print.

Lilian Nattel said...

And yet the end is satisfying for readers.

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