Sunday, July 16, 2006
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A few people have asked about my writing method.
I begin with a synopsis of 15 to 20 pages for a 400 page ms
Those 400 pages are mentally broken down into four acts
400 pages divided by 4 = 100
100 pages per month
25 pages per week
Monday thru Friday 25 pages, 5 pages per day.
Saturday and Sunday - edit and backup. Make a hard copy.
Sunday and maybe Monday morning -- outline the scenes for the upcoming week.
(I'm constantly outlining and breaking things down into smaller and smaller pieces.)
I work in periods of 4 weeks, usually every day. Between those 4 weeks/100 pages I take a few days off. Sometimes I get 30 - 35 pages done in a week which can actually mean reaching my 100 page goal in 3 weeks and having a week off. My carrot.
The edit is much less structured and takes about two months.
Two more weeks for the final edit, proof, polish.
Anybody still awake?
Of course this intense writing period will be interrupted with other revisions, edits, conferences, holidays, emergencies, illness, and juggling clowns on unicycles.