“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Realist Magic Liveblog 3

65 500 words now. The thing about this stage of revision is, you want to do some smoothing out and patting down like a steamroller. And as you go, you find new ways to say things and new ways to spruce things up. So you take the attitude that you're revising it, not finishing it.

I totally agree with Slavoj Žižek on this. You draft the book, then suddenly you find yourself editing it. Don't for heaven's sake write it, under any circumstances.

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