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The process an author goes through is detailed and individual. I hope to document what it is that I do to create a novel. The posts will be short and to the point, and, on the topic of writing, only. I hope it is useful to both you and me!





I’m currently working my way through a draft of ABSENCE. It’s something like the fifth or sixth draft. As I deleted approximately 50,000w in the last draft, the MS was down to about 40k, but the essence of the story is now very clear and tight. So now I’m working my way through and expanding every idea in each chapter. I’m also working backwards, from C60 back to C1 so that I give every attention to the individual chapters, rather than getting lost in the entire story. It’s now back up to just over 63k and IO’m at C28.