Stages of writing
First, panic! What do I need to know? Where can I get the information? Whom can I call on?
Second, it's nice to talk to different experts all over the world. It's nice to be able to count on a few friends who are so helpful.
Third, there's too much information. I'm overwhelmed. How are they all connected? What's the plot? I have to find a plot.
Fourth, will I make the deadline? I'm so mentally exhausted from talking to so many people. And I'm still waiting for a few critical people.
Fifth, I copy and paste different interview notes together, until the document is too long to print. Frustrated, I fall asleep.
Sixth, I wake up refreshed. Bingo! I've got a plot!
Seventh, false alarm. It doesn't make sense. I'll have to noodle some more.
Eighth, here goes. Hey, it makes sense. Let me run this by a few trusted people.
Ninth, here's the plot. Here's the beginning - the DECK. Here's the first paragraph. Here's the outline.
Tenth, I write continuously. I disconnect myself from the Internet. No distractions. The first draft is done.
Eleventh, I copy blurbs and paste them to emails to confirm on the quotes. If I don't hear from them, then I can only assume that they're too busy to care.
Twelfth, I edit. Usually I have to cut 1,000 words from the final draft. I always overdo it.
Thirteenth, I deliberately take a day off to distance myself from what I've written.
Fourteenth, I come back and polish it. Who will be the lucky few to preview my final draft before I submit it to the publishers?
29 October 2002 Tuesday
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