[DWJ] not writing one's own books
margaret at onr.com
Tue Jun 13 18:56:23 EDT 2006
> The book that made me wonder who had written it had no name other than
> "Anne McCaffrey" either on the cover or on the copyright and credits page.
Which one was it?
If there wasn't anybody else's name on it then I expect Annie wrote it
herself and the editor failed to clean it up. At the time when we were
working together - about 10 years ago - she was working so fast that
her first drafts were full of typos and run-on sentences and what have
you. I got in the habit of tidying up the previous day's work every
morning before starting a new passage. I got the impression that she
found this behavior utterly amazing and thought I was doing menial work
that should be left to an editor.
I suppose it's just a matter of different tastes...I'm certainly not
claiming that I never committed an awkward sentence...the difference is
that some people can leave a first draft in a messy condition and churn
ahead with the story, but if I hear something wrong with the prose then
I feel compelled to clean it up before going on. Writing on past obvious
errors or unfortunate phrases that I've already noticed feels like
starting to cook a five-course meal in a dirty kitchen.
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