I was at a workshop the other day and reading out my work. Okay, I must admit I was thoroughly enjoying myself. True it was a bit rough in places being the first draft but the criticism I found odd.
I did make sure everyone knew it was a first draft but they did criticize the finish. Which was fine – I knew there was a problem. Then one said – Don’t worry, it’s only because you love the story.
I gave a quizzical look. Then the second nodded sagely and said that you didn’t understand the construction until you were tired of your work.
So – I answered – I need to hate the text to get a better finish.
But is this true. Is a story not complete until you have gone over it so much that you can’t stand the sight of it? I really hope not.
The odd thing is that I’m not sure I will ever hate the story I am writing. Even if I have to go over it 20 times. But when is too much? I want my story to be the best but not over-worked.
I think I’m just going to have to work it as much as I think it needs. After all, I’m not looking for perfection, just a good story told well. 🙂