Excerpt from Dirty Talk and Dostoyevsky on the Night Shift by Suzanne Joinson
The author tells a story about working as a writer of sex-related text messages. She learned her craft as a write in 20 minute breaks between the 10 minute spurts of texting.
I did not write a best-selling novel about a girl working in a seedy part of London, but I learned how to write without pressure and self-criticism, and as a consequence I began to generate material that would later become a first draft of a short story. That story, many years down the line, expanded into a novel. I learned that the larger pattern only comes with the creation of small segments and that all the artistry is in the stitching up.
The takeaway: all the artistry is in the stitching up.