Every book I write makes me want to go back and rework the ones that came before. It can cripple you: the knowledge that there is work out there you would happily unravel and reknit were you given the chance. But it’s a blessing never to be given that chance. In the face of your own imperfection, you shouldn’t move backwards and you shouldn’t stop. You can only hope that each step leads to greater improvement. As such, you must accept that perfection is impossible; that the flawed pieces will continue to accumulate as long as you continue producing work. In the end, the only thing you can strive for, and this is appropriate to all areas of life, is that the map of your endeavors charts a series of tiny improvements, rather than a stagnancy of complacency or defeat.
- So many writers come to class with one question dominant in their mind, 'How do I make a living from this?' It's a fair enough question and one I always try to answer well - but it saddens me that it so often overshadows the more relevant questions of 'why am I writing' and 'what am I saying' and 'how do I keep it honest.'
[NOTE: I get many requests to read and comment on manuscripts, which I have to regretfully decline. However I do occasionally work as a consultant for The Inkwell Group If I am accepting MS's at the time and you ask for me by name, they will pass your work on to me.
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