science fiction and fantasy writer

Turd Polishing

In Uncategorized on March 12, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Apparently my workshop on polishing turds at Conflux 9 is proving to be one of the more popular.

Turd polishing in a metaphorical sense, that is, not literally (although see here for how you really can do that, if you think it might be your thing). The metaphorical turds in question being the first drafts of the stories you’ve pooped out, because that’s what first drafts generally are. Sorry if you love your first drafts, but, well.

Thomas Edison said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Chuck Wendig said, “Art harder, motherfucker.” Editing your work is the part of writing that’s dressed in overalls.

So if you’re going to be at Conflux 9, come along – horrendously early though it will be – for 2 hours of obsessive-compulsive hard work. It’ll be fun, with a soundtrack by AC/DC. 

See the Conflux website for more details and to book.

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