June 13, 2009
Revising Short Fiction. Should Writers Do It?
Jeremiah Tolbert has posted an article on his blog Revising Short Fiction Is For Suckers which discusses the subject of revising short stories. It’s a great post and also has a long and interesting discussion in the comments.
If you don’t know, Heinlein produced five rules for writing (which I first read on Robert J. Sawyer’s site), and rule 3 was You Must Refrain From Rewriting, Except to Editorial Order, which was controversial then, and remains so. I think he was trying to stop new writers from endlessly tinkering with stories, but it’s open to interpretation.
The post discusses the earnings for a short story, the time required and the comments start to dig into what is the purpose of writing short stories for writers.
If you’re a writer you should read it, lots to think about.