(11 of 40) Learning from learning....

In the last ten minutes -- yes, just now! -- I finished my novel rewrite and sent an e-copy to my agent.


I'm on my way to Fedex-Kinko's to print out a copy to put in the mail.

I feel like a wrung-out sponge. In the last three months (four months?) I have learned so much about my own writing and writing process that I can hardly contain it all. I've learned about structure, about subplot and about useful objects (see Robert J. Ray's The Weekend Novelist Rewrites the Novel: a Step-by-Step Guide to Perfecting Your Work), and I've learned smaller but absolutely pervasive style tricks (Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself into Print [2nd edition], by Renni Browne and Dave King was one of the books I used), tricks I can't believe I didn't already know.

I've encountered this wisdom in other places -- lots of other places -- but now I can bear witness to you that it's true, true, true: if you trust your writing, if you keep going to it in faith, and faithfully, it will teach you what you need to know.

I'll have something meatier for you tomorrow.