I’ve Been Memed

A friend of mine sent me this via text message the other day:

Y U NO Finish Book Yet

Harsh.

But who’s to say I haven’t?

The biggest problem with letting a book drag out so long like I have with Lie with the Dead is it’s easy to lose touch with it. Too many other things dragged me away from the keyboard this year, and while I had an outline, I started losing track of all the little seeds I planted at the beginning of the book. The direction became a little fuzzier, and execution of certain chapters got hurried and sloppy.

When I finally reconnected and got reacquainted with my characters, I had to go back and revisit a few of those seeds. In some cases I had to do some pruning, but for the most part I had to make sure they sprouted to their intended potential. I knew, then, a couple of chapters had to be rewritten. The book’s already late, and sloppiness and hurried work doesn’t do anyone any favors.

It’s a pain in the ass to delete pages of text at a time and rewrite them from scratch, but sometimes it has to be done.

This is the job.

And the book will be better for it.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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