Fantastic write-up on the often-messy, sometimes organized, but always fascinating process of writing a novel.
People like to ask the question, “How do you write?” Because, well, the writing process is a big, fat, mysterious beast that likes to hide out in the shadows. It’s not something you can learn through observation. You can’t wrap yourself in camo, drench yourself in hormone-emitting doe urine, and sit in a hunting blind waiting to make your move. If you were staring at me right now, you would just see me making faces at my laptop while occasionally hitting a few keys. Then I would make another face. Then I’d hit the delete button.
If publishing a novel is a lot like having a baby – and in many ways I find that to be an apt analogy – then the rough draft process is a lot like dating, complete with awkwardness and the soul-crushing worry that you will do everything wrong and die alone.
Of course, you’ll…
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