- Free-writing (manically splurge the words and ideas from your brain to the page)
- Editing (turn the free-write splurge into something a human being might actually want to read)
Last year, I was definitely buried neck-deep in the first stage. The whole year was one long manic frenzy of typing. Somehow or other, I managed to produce a million words of free-writing. And before that, through a mixture of writing and plotting my fantasy series, I'd produced at least another million words.
What I'm trying to say is: I seem to have written a lot of words.
This year, 2017, I'm going to lock myself away from the world - as much as feasibly possible - and start on stage two: The Edit. I'm planning to dive headfirst into all those words, grab a handful or two, and then somehow shape those words into something readable. And then I'll do that again. And again... until I either:
- Turn into a gibbering puddle of Mark
- Die in the attempt
- Produce a novel
- Produce several novels
- All of the above
So... please send love, luck, and cookies. Definitely the cookies.