I write this at risk of proving myself to be a total creaking dinosaur.
Those of you who read or produce serial fiction, impromptu flash fiction, NaNoWriMo, book series that publish at the rate of a novel every month or two — and any other writing that publishes right after inception. Please help me understand its appeal.
As a writer, I see much value to it. Writing quickly helps with flow, tapping the subconscious, and discipline. But — why publish without much or any editing? Doesn’t a pause to edit always improve the piece? (By editing I mean more than proof-reading and tinkering. I mean the act of making changes, some of them wholesale and sweeping.)
As a reader, I don’t want to read an early draft and I only want unplanned ideas when they come from inspiration, not haste. I like writing that feels crafted. What am I missing?
Hmm. I don’t mind reading a first draft blog post and for that matter I rarely do more than proofread my own posts. Maybe I’ve just got fiction on a pedestal when nobody else still does. Is that it?