There aren’t good books and bad books. There are finished books and books that still need more work. Please don’t let wondering if there’s a market for your book or wondering if the book you’re writing is genius or evidence that you should be heavily medicated get in the way of the writing. Remember, right now you are not writing a good book, you are writing a good draft. Later, you will have lots of time to kill your darlings, make the suspense more suspenseful, to add foreshadowing and subplots. Later you will have time to change the beginning or change the ending or change the middle. Later, you will have time to cut and polish and engooden. For now, trust the process and write (that said, if you suddenly wake up in the middle of the night and realize what’s wrong with Chapter 7, then by all means, jot that down for later).
Considering the talent that Holly Black has (and her finished books rock!) it’s reassuring to me to hear this!
Holly has spent years (and years) on her craft, because writing takes time. In that spirit, I’ve decided to move Ink Spells to a M-W-F format. Because my books still need more work, and I want to make sure I spend time writing them. So this is a nip (Tue!) and a tuck (Thur!), but not a retreat. I love you guys too much to stay away!