Tag Archives: Process

Slogging Deeper Into The Muck

Even though I’ve written 78,000 words and much of it is near final draft stuff, I’m still slogging in the muck as I try to finish this novel. The thing I like and despise about writing–well, my writing–is that no … Continue reading

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Progress: 14 Chapters and 70,000 Words

About ten days ago I took a trip to the Keys. We went as low as Bahia Honda but spent the nights on Islamorada. On returning I had a burst of new energy and set about editing Part II (26,000 … Continue reading

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Part Two Re-do

Rewriting part two of novel Continue reading

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Outlining

I’ve avoided outlining my story from the very beginning. In the very, very beginning I wanted to write the story something like Jack Kerouac’s first draft of On the Road. Basically he did a mind dump with a typewriter and one of … Continue reading

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Perfectionism

When I began this novel I plunged in with my usual carefree swagger. Once I finished the first draft I began to realize how awful it was. So I plunged into the second draft with reckless abandon, and before I finished … Continue reading

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Third Draft

It has taken two complete drafts of Part One and one complete draft of Part Two to reach this point. I estimate the combined writing for those drafts encompasses well over 100,000 words, and the backstory stuff is another 100,000. It has … Continue reading

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Characterization

I should be writing Chapter X atm. But I want to record some feedback from my girlfriend who’s acting as my first editor. She noted that she was surprised at how well my dialogs flowed and how none of it … Continue reading

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