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Writing Musings

I’m almost done with the redesign of my website.

Unfortunately, I’ve realized that I’ve gotten into revision mode with most of my writing. If you look at my bibliography, You’ll see that I haven’t written much since 2010. I’ve been revising my EVE320 novel and running my Nine-finger Revolution story through my critique group. Further, my sweetie has been critiquing all of my old fiction and I’ve also been working on that.

Now, go back and look at my bibliography for 2009. I completed a whole novel, two novelettes, and a story in the round. Two of these made it into print. The lesson here is obvious, even to me. Write new stuff! The more, the better.

I’m reminded of Heinlein’s Rules for Writing:

  1. You must write.
  2. You must finish what you write.
  3. You must refrain from rewriting, except to editorial order.
  4. You must put the work on the market.
  5. You must keep the work on the market until it is sold.

How I’ve gotten them all wrong lately:

  1. I have not been writing.
  2. I cannot finish what I write if I do not write.
  3. I have been rewriting, without reason.
  4. While rewriting, I have not been sending anything out.
  5. Since nothing is submitted, there is nothing on the market to sell.

– Brennan Harvey

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