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Writing a slow-burn book? Three surprising ways to measure progress


Here’s another re-blog with Roz Morris…

Hey! You writers—pay attention :-)

Nail Your Novel

600px-Arbol_de_PiedraSome novels take their time, especially those of a literary hue. We might need to quarry vast amounts of possibilities and storyways, find the book’s particular character, discover what a stubborn idea wants to be. (Here’s a post about it – What takes literary writers so long.)

With all that exploring and uncertainty, it can feel like we’re getting nowhere. Then something will suddenly reveal that we actually have more substance than we suspected. It’s happened to me a few times recently with Ever Rest, so I thought I’d share them here.

1 Conduct a research interview

A few months ago I needed input on the story, so I chatted up an expert and told him the story, from start to finish, checking every development and assumption. As I’d hoped, this clarified vital questions and generated ideas, but I also realised it marked a milestone. This was the…

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2 responses to “Writing a slow-burn book? Three surprising ways to measure progress

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris August 25, 2016 at 2:05 am

    :)

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    • Alexander M Zoltai August 25, 2016 at 9:15 am

      :-)

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