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"Now you can send it."
Tags:letter, letters, message, messages, message in a bottle, messages in a bottle, perfectionist, perfectionists, perfectionism, writer, writers, writing, desert island, desert islands, author, authors, editor, editors, critic, critics, own worst critic, own worst critics, spouse, spouses, frustration, frustrations, frustrate, frustrates, frustrating, annoying, pedant, pedants, pedantic, husband, husbands, wife, wives, delay, delays, delaying, sos, s.o.s., help, helps, send for help, sending for help, draft, drafts, drafting, rough draft, rough drafts, revise, revises, revising, revision, revisions, too much coffee man
"My wife! My best friend! Advance uncorrected galleys of my new book!"
Tags:embarrass, embarrasses, humiliate, humiliates, humiliating, humiliation, humiliations, draft, drafts, rough draft, rough drafts, writer, writers, author, authors, unfinished work, unfinished works, galley, galleys, manuscript, manuscripts, publish, publishes, publisher, publishers, publishing, editor, editors, cheat, cheats, cheater, cheaters, infidelity, spouse, spouses, best friend, best friends, wife, wives, husband, husbands
"Damn it, I still haven't got you right! Let's try again."
Tags:easter island, moai, rapa nui, stone, stones, stone head, stone heads, likeness, likenesses, sculptor, sculptors, sculpting, artist, artists, artistry, artistic, perfectionist, perfectionists, perfectionism, technique, techniques, rough draft, rough drafts, first draft, first drafts, repeat, repeats, repeating, repetition, if at first you don't success, try try again, attempt, attempts, attempting
Women of the Wilderness
Tags:hero, heroes, heroine, heroines, unsung, unsung hero, unsung heroes, unsung heroine, unsung heroines, women, famous women, feminist, feminists, feminist history, feminist histories, forgotten hero, forgotten, forgotten heroes, ignore, misogyny, misogynist, pioneer, pioneers, first book, first books, history book, history books, rough draft, rough drafts, child prodigy, child prodigies, author, authors, writer, writers
"How we doing on those commandments?"
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"I like it - it's wonderfully editable."
Tags:language, books, writing, editor, editors, publisher, publishers, publishing, publishing house, publishing houses, edit, edits, editing, writer, writers, author, authors, novel, novels, manuscript, manuscripts, promising, potential, show potential, shows potential, showing potential, rough draft, rough drafts, draft, drafts, first draft, first drafts, professional writer, professional writers, mankoff
Hamlet: An Early Draft
'No more drafts! I want a finished product.'
"Remorse sits in my stomach like a piece of stale bread. How does that sound?"
"Well - and I'm not just saying this because you're my husband - it stinks."
Tags:relationships, marriage, couples at home, writing, critics, manuscript, manuscripts, rough draft, rough drafts, critique, critiques, critiquing, harshest critic, harshest critics, critic, constructive criticism, wife, wives, husband, husbands, bias, biased, writer, writers, author, authors, bad marriage, bad marriages, mankoff
Works in Progress
Tags:author, authors, writer, writers, novelist, novelist, failed writer, failed writers, writers block, writer's block, creative block, creative blocks, first novel, first novels, manuscript, manuscripts, proof, proofs, proof copy, proof copies, library, libraries, book shop, book shops, book store, book stores, book, books, reading, draft, drafts, rough draft, rough drafts, work in progress, works in progress, wip
'Fyodor Dostoevsky sends weeks describing Alexy Karamazov's quest for a white whale, and then discards the entire chapter."
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'I'm confused. Is this a romance novel or a confession about how much you like boxes and warm places to nap?'
"You call that a made bed?"
In an alternate universe, characters from the rough draft and finished manuscript of the same novel meet themselves at a cocktail party.
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