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On second thought…

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I’m starting to get some new ideas about how to use this blog.

Consider this:
Some years ago I tried an experiment, that is posting progressive drafts of my writing in protected posts on my live journal. This experiment was a complete failure: my drafts were predictably rough and draft-like and didn’t read well, which lead to people commenting on them harshly (and completely accurately) about their various flaws, which served only to make me incredibly insecure about what I was writing.

Note: Never ever show people your first drafts. It’s just a terrible idea.

On the other hand, it occurs to me that if one were writing novels of ideas, as I tend to, one of the problems with such novels is that their ideas are often off-base, or naive or simply badly reasoned. Take your average Star Trek episode, for an easy example.

What might it be like to not preview the actual working drafts on a website, but instead the ideas? And let people (assuming anyone bothers to read or comment, which on the net is often a big if) bat them around, disagree about them, help refine your ideas. Might that not improve your novel-in-progress? Might it not also give people some kind of vested interest in that novel when it finally comes out? A sense of collaboration?

More on this later.

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Written by ericrosenfield

May 30, 2009 at 2:56 am

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The end

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So reading this blog post about how writers shouldn’t write about writing has hammered home the growing fear that this blog was really an elaborate form of naval gazing. When I started it there were some things I wanted to bitch about the short fiction publishing world, and now I’ve bitched about them, and I feel like anything more I could write, specifically about the novel I’m working on, would just be incredibly dull and solipsistic. So I think I’ll be taking the second post of this blog, reformatting it into a Wet Asphalt article and otherwise letting the blog lie fallow. It was a fun experiment, and I’m glad I did it, but it ultimately didn’t work.

Thanks everybody who’s been reading this anyway!

Written by ericrosenfield

May 21, 2009 at 9:13 pm

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