In the world of modern commerce, ‘agile development’ is one of the nifty catchphrases that entrepreneurs throw about airily. It means, basically, figure it out as you go along; fling something up there, take user feedback, and fix it. It’s an iterative (another catchphrase) process.

If it doesn’t work, pivot (yet another hip-happening-yeah-baby phrase) in a new direction.

I’m all in favour of this stance in terms of developing a browser, a cloud-backup app, or photo-editing tools. But fiction is different.

A reader comes to a story for the first time only once. A story is an experience. I want that first experience to be meaningful, to feel as though it’s really happening.

This is why I don’t send out a zillion copies of the first draft of my books. It’s why I don’t post the writing as I go. I want my fiction–a novel, a short story–to be as good as good as it can be before being released into the wild. I want you, dear reader, to be swept off your feet. Only a fully-realised work of art can do that.

You’ve been very patient in the matter of Hild. But she is on the way. Stay tuned.