Writing is like getting up on a cross and having the nails slowly driven into your wrists so you can watch the blood flow. Oh the joy.
I’m working on a collection of horror stories, which, by the way, for what it’s worth (exactly nothing), were rejected by magazines such as Fantasy and Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, and Black Static. Nevertheless, these stories will see the light of day, even if I have to publish them myself. Sic semper tyrannis.
Character development: usually an excuse for being boring.
Denouement: a French term indicating that not a damn thing is going to happen in this story.
Plot: when a writer falls victim to excessive scheming.
Deus ex machina: the writer has painted himself into a corner.
I write the types of books I want to read.
Am I becoming a better writer or just more commercial? Nothing in my book sales indicates I’m becoming more commercial.
I murdered adverbs and buried them in unmarked graves yesterday as I finished editing my newest short story. Writing is ruthless. It’s not enough to create a story. You have to attack it like a gunslinger and kill off the parts of it that are flabby and useless. It can be quite a bloody process–and painful as well. Still, it must be done. The writing world is a jungle and will not tolerate shoddy works. The more ruthless you are as an editor, the better you will be as a writer. If you want an easy job, don’t write. To be a good writer you should be your own harshest critic. To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, from time to time the tree of writing must be watered with the blood of adverbs. And, so too, must certain adjectives be blown away. Welcome to the slaughterhouse of the creative process. Do I as a writer have blood on my hands? Very well then, I have blood on my hands. Does not a midwife have blood on her hands?
I finished my newest horror short story today and am now working on editing the first draft.