Drafting means printing out a story, marking it up and rewriting it. The ‘artistic’ process takes root in the reinscription.
The above makes writing seem even more excruciating a process.
Publishing fiction seems as daunting and frustrating an obstacle as certain other adolescent yes/no binaries were in high school. No doubt in retrospect the angst surrounding it will seem just as wasteful and silly.
Solutions to any prose problem can be found in other texts.
Reading is as much a process and a ‘search’ as writing is. Output can only be as good as input.
One may ignore the mandates of others within ones text, including the MSWord grammar check.
James Wood is probably right about free-indirect.
Critiquing work properly involves re-re-reading and marking up (i.e. similar to the drafting process).