I Completely Understand Pratchett’s Bulldozer

Terry Pratchett wanted his unpublished manuscript partials destroyed, so his daughter did it with a bulldozer.

Good for her.

There’s a reason writers don’t want their unpublished stuff published after death, and it’s the same reason they didn’t want it published during life: it’s bad.  Even if it’s an early draft that could have turned into something good, it’s still bad.  And no writer wants her or his last publication to be bad, or even mediocre, especially if he or she already knows it’s bad or mediocre.  Destroying unpublished manuscripts is a good thing; just ask Harper Lee.   Continue reading