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Name of fiction work? And were there other names you considered that you would like to share with us? Dayworld: A Hole in Wednesday. There were no other names I seriously considered; this was a work started (but never finished) by someone else – my great-uncle, the science fiction author Philip José Farmer – and he came up with the name when he wrote the opening chapters several decades ago. I liked the name too, but even if I hadn’t, I still almost certainly wouldn’t have changed it.
Can you give the reader just enough information for them to understand what is going on in the excerpt?
Were there any deletions from this excerpt that you can share with us? And can you please include a photo of your marked up rough drafts of this excerpt. I didn’t have very many deletions, honestly – which for me is extremely unusual. Typically my first drafts are hugely overwritten, and I end up cutting out big swaths. This time, though, in imitating Phil Farmer’s much more concise voice, my pendulum swung far to the other direction. At numerous requests from my editors, I had to get used to adding material rather than subtracting.
Dayworld: A Hole In Wednesday