Friday, November 5, 2010

Heinlein's Rules, Revisited

Caught this io9 post on Heinlein's Rules of Writing. Once again, a thumbs-down on Rule #3.

I talked about this a while back and I believe it's still the case.

Heinlein's referring to the trap of over-rewriting, not the actual process of revision. In other words, write the story, edit/polish/revise/rewrite, then FFS stop repeatedly fondling the damn thing and get it out to market.

Over to you, Dear Readers: Agree? Disagree? Cast a Delayed-Blast Fireball at me?

1 comment:

Hillary Jacques said...

There is always room for tweaking, but tweaking doesn't necessarily improve. If you can't get your hands out of a story, it can never leave the house, which is a pretty necessary step if you're writing with the intent of publication.