Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Writing Wednesday: The Writing Process

I have set myself a deadline of Friday to complete the latest draft/edit of In the shade of the Mulberry Tree. It is looking tight: as I type I am at page 188 of 229. I have a lot of hand-written scribbles on my pages and I still have to type them up, and I know for a fact that there is a chapter coming up that is going to need serious revision. (Principally it needs cutting by about 25% but I'm not very good at leaving bits out. After all, I've slaved for hours to write them in the first place!)

Friday is not far away, and then there is half-term, which is bound to hinder the blog, the writing and everything.

So today's Writing Wednesday post is a bit of a cheat, in that it is a speedy link (albeit to worthwhile sites to look at). I came across the link through twitter over the weekend. So via Author Culture you can reach Discover, and Ed Yong's graph of the writing process.

It amuses me for the ring of truth. Clearly my memoir is a different beast to his science book, but there are a lot of similarities in the emotional peaks and troughs. I think I'm about halfway on the line up to 'It's done!' - although I don't have the surety of someone demanding (and paying for!) the book in the first place. Still, I can dream!


Mark said...

I like editing the best of all the writing process. So enjoy I say - and as for cutting; that's okay, you can use those words again somewhere else I always think.

Ciara Stafford said...

Oh you are lucky; I can never get past page ten before a totally different idea rolls onto the tracks my train of thought is heading down. And always write on the day you feel happiest, it makes such a lot of difference.

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