Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Oh how it's changed...
It used to be that writers pounded out their books on typewriters (or laboriously penned it longhand), made one round of corrections that required patience and perseverance (as well as scissors, white out, and tape). They shipped their manuscripts off through the postal service and waited. The physical act of writing/typing the manuscript took more time than the act of crafting the story.
In the 21st century, writers don't write just one or two drafts. Word processing makes it possible to write as many drafts as we want. (And let me tell you, I write a lot of them). I often wonder, does the ease of revision make the book better...or does it make it worse? I agonize over every word. Sometimes I fear I polish the shine right out of my prose, I work it so hard. Is the original idea--that crystal clear image that motivates us to start our books, diluted by the constant revisions we make? Who can say?
One thing is sure to stay the same though: writers will write, spend countless hours of angst wondering if they’re good enough, and continue to strive to get their stories read.
Posted by Erin Quinn at 6:40 AM