Can This Be True Of Authors?

The Three Ages of an Author

  1. Thinks everything they write is wonderful.
  2. Thinks nothing they write is wonderful.
  3. Cuts out everything that might be regarded as wonderful. The story gets published.

Courtesy of John Yeoman, Writers’ Village

I am at stage 3 on “Succession!“, revising and trimming the fat – “killing my babies” as Ernest Hemingway described the process of editing. The pain of removing all those pages and pages of finely-crafted phrases and clever allusions, transferring dialogue and even action to other chapters and seeking to maintain a smooth through-read is something every writer must undergo.

Does it get easier with each successive book?

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