The idea to write a post about how I write came to me when I read this by Hannah. And now it’s grown into a sort of mini-series.
If you’re interested, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no word count limit (but don’t make it TOO long–maximum 1300, let’s say) and I’ll do some light edits once you’ve sent it to me. The title of the post will be “How I write”: A guest post by (name of person). I will include links to your Twitter/blog(s)/website(s) if you want me to. As for the author intro, either you write it yourself, or I can do it.
Questions to answer in your post if you don’t really know what you should write:
- Do you write by hand or on a computer?
- Do you listen to music?
- How do you get an idea for a novel? (The first sentence pops into your head, you go “What if…” and a plot grows from there, you see a scene, an image, etc.)
- Do you plot/outline or simply start writing? (Plotter or pantser?)
- How long does it take you to complete a first draft? A few days, a few weeks, a few months? A year? More?
- Do you write the first chapter then the second and so on, or do you write out of order?
- Can you only write at your desk or can you write anywhere?
- What genres do you prefer to write in?
These are just ideas, prompts that you can use if you need to.
To give you an idea of how long it should take from start to finish:
- Day 1 is the day you start writing.
- Day X (5 to 10 days later) is the day you’ve finished the post and e-mail it to me. I usually read it the day you send it.
- Day X+1 is the day I do some edits and send it to you. You read the edits and make the changes you agree with.
- Day X+2 is the day you send it back to me.
- Day X+3 is the I post it if it’s perfect.