Where ideas go to die: in praise of incomplete ideas
Francis Gosselin
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After a long hiatus, I am returning to writing fiction. It is a slow process, partly because I forgot that writing snippets, putting them away, and then going back to them later to see if anything is worth keeping or refining, is an essential part of the writing process, at least for me.

I had bought into the idea that only complete manuscripts are worthy of revision or refining, and that one must work on the whole before refining a small part of something that may or may not turn out to be part of the larger whole.

Do you think we are moving away from the stern idea of the author composing a manuscript, and then revising it, to a more fluid idea of the creation of smaller snippets and random thoughts, that may collectively form an anthology of thought?

I think I would find that sort of a book to be very fascinating indeed. What do you think?

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