When it comes to writing, “Feedback,” of course, is the real F-word — an obscenity so strong that even Lenny Bruce was scared to utter it. I’ll get to that in a minute, but I’ve got a few things to say about that other F-word, first. I’m going to use it reluctantly, so I hope you’ll indulge me.
I’m not a writer who believes that the writing is in the rewriting. The writing, for me, is in the writing. There is a certain quality that needs to be there in a story or novel before rewriting will do me any good. There’s got to be something that burns at the center of it; the plot and the characters, and hopefully the setting, have to reach critical mass. If it doesn’t, I don’t think anything will save it. I find that more time will be wasted trying to save an uninspired story told in uninspired prose than would be spent starting all over again.
Starting all over again, sometimes, would also be — and here I use the F-word, as promised, only with a shudder.
Sometimes, starting all over again would be more fun.
My inner curmudgeon has the answer to that, by the way: Fun? So now writing is “fun”? Sure, whatever you say, guy. One published novel and he’s Bozo the Clown.