Thursday, January 20, 2011

How I Write

Over on the Orbit website, Jay Courtenay Grimwood (author of The Fallen Blade) has some thoughts on his writing process:
I try to write 2000 words a day and every novel gets written three times. I regard writing as somewhere between a craft and a trade. It’s a learnt skill, like being an electrician. If you want to be an artist fine but that’s been you and your soul. The publisher doesn’t want to see it, your agent doesn’t want to see it, and nor does the reader. If they can see the caffeine, sweat and blind fear inherent in the writing process you’re probably doing it wrong.
Setting aside the typos in there (which look to me like autocorrect flubs) I'm always interested in how writers describe their process.

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