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25 posts tagged tumblr
Como un jefe…
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Read the article at Wired UK.
So that’s it. I’m done. It’s over.
Actually it isn’t over. I’ve just written a 50,000 word novel in 19 days, and it’s really just beginning. First things first, I’m going to let it ripen for about a week.
Then I’m going to read it, with a red marker and a ruthless streak, and I’m going to cut around 10,000-15,000 words. Then I’ll put it back in a drawer for a week, and then I’ll read it and make notes, and then I’ll rewrite, chapter by chapter.
This process will last a couple of months, and at this point I won’t have even thought about asking for feedback, I’ll still be trying to write my story.
You can spit out a novel in 19 days, but it takes a good while longer to polish it, and to stop getting the headaches from caffeine withdrawals.
I’ve averaged three large (grande) soy lattes a day for the past 19 days. Most of those were late in the evening - coming home from my full time job and then sitting down to 4-6 hour writing sessions wasn’t gonna happen without some added fuel. As I don’t drink or take illegal drugs, I settled for a legal stimulant.
I’ve finished with 50,060 words, and drank 57 coffees to get here - that’s 878 words per coffee, and that’s one mean caffeine hangover.
I’ve been posting the chapters on Quora (16 of them so far), and will post up the rest over the next few days, and I’ll leave them up for a few weeks.
It’s raw, unedited, hasn’t been proof read or sense checked, probably full of plot holes, factual errors and inconsistencies, but for those that are interested, it’s a glimpse into the creative process, and will hopefully over time give you insight into how the drafting and editing process works.
Here is the link for the chapters;
Any questions, let me know. I’m not really looking for feedback, but I’m happy to talk about writing, literary devices, structure, etc.
For now though, I’m off to get an Advil or two…