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3 wondrous paradoxes of a slow writing process


I think Roz Morris does a great job pinning down her topic for todays’ re-blog in that title up there :-)

Nail Your Novel

How many drafts does a novel need? Some are ready for an editor by the second or third draft. Others – like mine – are assembled in slow layers of revisions, a process of discovery. There’s more about that in What Takes Literary Authors So Long.

I wouldn’t be surprised if I went through a manuscript at least 50 times, but I’ve never counted. So for Ever Rest I’m keeping a draft diary. How many times do I set out from the start? What am I doing each time and how much difference does it make?

Right now, I’m starting draft 10, which on my usual timescale is early days. But my draft diary has already revealed some surprising and paradoxical benefits of slow writing.

Outline first, obvs

Ever Rest has been with me a long time. I wrote it originally as a short story, read it out…

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2 responses to “3 wondrous paradoxes of a slow writing process

  1. Alexander M Zoltai July 3, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    And, thank *You*, Roz :-)

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