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14 December 2007 @ 12:10 pm
 
There are 141,098 words in the QUEEN'S BASTARD manuscript.

There is one paragraph--67 words--that is, to me as the writer, *flawless*. It does what I want it to. Everything in the book to that point leads up to this one paragraph, and when I read it, it takes my breath away. I have no idea if it will work the same way for other people, but for me, that .05% of the book is perfect. A hundred and forty thousand words for a tiny handful that make me want to crow with triumph.

I write books mostly because I like to tell stories, but once in a while, once in every few hundred thousand words, I get a moment like this, a moment of goddamned *transcendence*, and oh my God, *that* is why I do this.
 
 
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The Bellinghmanbellinghman on December 14th, 2007 10:10 am (UTC)
*laugh*

Even Homer nods. All genius is momentary: that's its glory. The very, very best may stretch to a human lifetime.
kitmizkit on December 14th, 2007 11:11 am (UTC)
And really, if out of 141,098 words, only 67 of them are flawless, I probably can't argue with the momentary genius aspect... :)