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Posted By on July 10, 2012

My real process–write until I can’t stand the heat. Swim. Repeat!

Fast Draft makes me examine my process.

I don’t really seem to have one. I don’t want to stare at a blank page when I’m supposed to be drafting fast, so I’ve made a plan. Not really an outline, but a list of scenes I need to write.

Why do I bother? I’ve sold 16 or 17 books, and each one has started with a synopsis. It’s probably good to write the story I’m not going to write once, and get it out of the way. That’s what an outline or even a list of scenes turns out to be. Maybe that’s good. Many writers suggest making a list of 20 options for what comes next, but then starting to write the real story with #21. I have that process down pat! 😉

I always need to write a chapter before I submit a synopsis because the second I start to write the actual story, everything changes. Still, who wants to take a trip with no surprises? I enjoy unexpected turns in the road!

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