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I wrote my first novel, A Calculated Life, over the course of several years with frequent breaks of many months. I kept coming back to the incomplete manuscript, reading it afresh each time, and then pressing on, adding a few thousand words before I had to put the manuscript away again.
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She travelled widely as a foreign correspondent and spent a year overlanding through Egypt, Sudan, and Kenya. Visit her at annecharnock. I created a spreadsheet, and in the first column I logged every date that I sat at my laptop to work on the novel.
I specified whether I was outlining, drafting in which case I typed in the word count or editing. And because the novel had three storylines, set in the past, present and future, I added extra columns to keep a tally of the word count in each of the three time settings.
Several years of art study are unaccounted for in the spreadsheet. I started the outline on 12 Maythe day after I arrived home from China.
I emailed the full manuscript to my editor, Jason Kirk, on 20 April It took me days of outlining, drafting, and editing to complete the manuscript, which had a word count of roughly 70, Adding my research days in China and Italy, and assuming a five-day working week in fact, my working week varied from three days to seven days per weekit took me exactly 52 weeks to write my novel.
How strangely rounded is that? However, I found that the chapters I wrote quickly were the ones that needed the most editing. I always edit as I go along rather than writing a full rough draft for a whole novel. On my spreadsheet, I regarded this on-the-hoof editing as drafting.
How long does it take to write a novel? Well, I now know how long it takes ME! I reckon 60 words on 17 July was my low point, but I notice I worked on the outline, too, that day. Now, Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind has a fragmented structure, and the time setting switches, chapter by chapter, from future to present to past.
I re-edited after every third chapter—partly to make sure the pace was comparable across the three story lines. I started my draft with the barest plot outline so, as I progressed with the manuscript, I summarized the main events in each chapter—four or five entries at most—for easy future reference.
Many writers may regard this as madness. However, I felt I needed to feel confident about the novel thus far before adding to an already heavily interwoven narrative.
I suspect this is not how most authors operate! I adopted a similar process for A Calculated Life though this first novel had a linear narrative—far less complicated in many ways. For example, I changed the beginning of the novel twice before I felt it was ready for submission.
Each writing project throws up new challenges—there are new writerly problems to solve. Examples If you are considering writing a novel with a fractured structure, here are a few fine examples:It literally takes me more than five hours to write a five paragraph essay.
I write the first sentence, rewrite it, rewrite it again, find a synonym for a weak word, read the sentence clearly, start my second sentence, understand that my first sentence makes no sense, rewrite it, continue my second sentence, stop to think, read aloud everything written so far, etc.
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