I'm not sure what it is in me that causes me to glance so scathingly upon my own work when it is longer than 10,000 words, but, with one or two exceptions, that is what has always occurred: I must have abandoned four or five novels at this point. And, until last year, this also occurred with shorter works. But, through concentrated practice, a wackload of writing, the wisdom of Dean Wesley Smith, and one particularly useful learning strategy, I killed that bad habit before it killed my short story career.
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Although I haven't always been one-hundred-percent thrilled with every permutation of this writing style - it has a tendency to create "flat" stories, in terms of tension - it nonetheless produces entirely satisfactory stories (i.e., complete) with excellent plots and foreshadowing, and consistent quality of writing throughout. My conclusions have always tended to lack the felicity of language that my beginnings possess (if I dare be so loquacious in reference to my own work), and backwards-writing has on numerous occasions helped solve this infirmity, also.
Thusly: today is the Return to the Return of the Drawing Board in Ben's Auctorial Vault. I've got a new story idea, something rather fantasy-thriller-esque, and my objective now is to outline it and write the whole thing backwards. Once this is done, I will have accomplished my 2011 writing goals, hopefully with most of 2011 to spare (so I can get back to slacking off, already).
Further worthwhile note: Reversing words is a great way to come up with hilarious fantasy names that are secretly fantasy tropes. Kcul the thief, for example, or Gnorts the barbarian. Just don't use Yxes the princess if you're aiming for the female readership.