A quote that basically sums up the struggle that has been my writing life, from this interview with Patrick Rothfuss on Wired:
There was so much that wasn’t in those initial drafts, simply because I had no idea what I was doing in terms of structuring a story. I put words together fine. I could write dialog and scene. I could even make an interesting chapter. But a book is so much more than a series of interesting chapters. And that’s what it took me a fucking decade to figure out.
15 years, he says, it took him to finish The Name of the Wind.
Good news, guys: I’m only on my 10th!