How many drafts are too many? At first blush this seems an interesting question. A question some people answer stating that a first draft followed by a very light revision is all you need to publish a book. A question that some others answer instead claiming that the number of drafts can, and should, reach a double-digit number. My answer is that all this is nonsense. To start with, every story is different. I wrote stories that were pretty much ready to be published after the first draft. I also wrote stories whose first drafts gave me the willies. And everything in between. Of … [Read more...] about How many drafts are too many? Famous Rules for Writers – Heinlein’s Rules
I wrote this short story last week. It isn’t a horror story. It’s just a story. About the choices we make. And how luck and faith and blindness and so many other things, all prevent us from seeing what we are really choosing. The Happiness Machine 1 Just like everybody else, Jeremy and Roger had heard about the Happiness Machine for the first time when they were niners. It was a machine able to make sure you would never experience sadness or any other such uninspiring feelings. You just had to tell the man who operated it what you wanted. In fact, the saying went, you had to choose … [Read more...] about The Happiness Machine – a free short story
For some writers writing comes extremely easy. Like breathing. They are blessed humans who can write a first draft that is often also a final draft. Then they can have a Martini, or party all night long. After that, the following morning they start afresh on a new novel that, again, will be finished in no time. It seems impossible, but this is how they have it. For example George Simenon was able to come up with eighty pages a day. He could write a novel in a couple of weeks. Eleven days, to be precise. However, for the overwhelming majority of writers writing requires a certain dose of … [Read more...] about What genre of book should I write?