One More Pass

I’ve nearly finished a story that has been difficult to write (it seems like I’ve been writing a lot of difficult stories recently).  The subject matter is dark and the emotions in the story strike dangerously close to home for me.  I have put down the story many times since I started it, yet I’m always drawn back to it because it’s a story I feel compelled to finish.

I’ve been working on it for over a year—tinkering, shaping, carefully molding it into something I hope is special.  I recently sent it to my writing group for critique and got some helpful feedback.  It’s nearly there…I think.  I keep telling myself, “One more pass and it’ll be done,” but always, one more thing seems to need revisiting.  I’m sure it’s close now, just one more pass…

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About D. Thomas Minton

Writer of speculative fiction
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3 Responses to One More Pass

  1. ericjbaker says:

    I have a bad habit of revising my stories to the point that I can’t stand the sight of them anymore. It seems the ones people like best are the ones I let go of sooner. Perhaps it’s possible to over-nurture and stifle a work of fiction just as a child.

    • You’re right that you can revise the life out of story. Fortunately, I’ve gotten a lot better at telling when I it’s time to stop—sometimes that’s after a single revision; sometimes it’s after a half-dozen revisions. This story isn’t there yet. Maybe I’ll wind up strangling it…I hope not, after all this effort.

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