Bug Fixes and Hack Days
Early feedback on my latest draft is coming in from readers and potential editors, and I've been doing a few different things as I await the rest. There are tweaks to be made here and there–bug fixes, if you will—and there are larger issues surfacing that I've begun sketching out solutions for.
But the challenge during the days between drafts is to give the manuscript the distance it needs for a fresh perspective, while at the same time to keep writing, keep the momentum going.
This past week I decided it would be fun to write and publish a short story in the four hours I was waiting in line for a food event in the East Village. My friend Robin wrote a fantastic story under similar circumstances during a transcontinental flight, and I like to think of this as the literary equivalent of a hack day. In the startup world, a hack day is when you get together with a bunch of friends or colleagues to build and launch something small, fun, and/or useful within a fixed time constraint, usually 24 hours.
You can see the result of my literary hack day here: http://blog.jackcheng.com/post/27433804293/the-line-sitters
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