Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Missing planks

I continue to nibble away at Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth. My deadline is next week and I am still not entirely happy. This stage of a book always takes longer than I think it will.

Once a book is up and running, you can coast fairly easily. The words come thick and fast and you have the freedom of knowing that if there is a problem you can always come back to it at a later stage.

This is that later stage. All the unresolved passages and glitches are now massively important. They are missing planks in a bridge. They are holes in a picture. They have to be sorted out.

I actually enjoy, in a semi-perverse way, the mechanics of making something work, whether it be a strip, a story, an illustration or a painting. There is the satisfaction of solving a puzzle or climbing a hill wedded to the sheer excitement of adding that final detail or turn of phrase that brings something to life.

Or at least that's the hope.

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