How do Writers Write a BookWriters write a book?
What makes authors write their book - like a great novel or like an epos?
They write the goddamn thing and work around it. Someone who writes a detective story in Victoria (ala Sherlock Holmes), for example, could explore different kinds of coaches used by the characters in the country or in London. First there is an ingenuity, then an extension of the invention into a conception, then a subject, then an action, then the completion of scenarios and consistency.
I am now working on a novel that came from a surprise store owner's comments in Prague, then a prompting in my typing group a week after I returned to the USA. I' d composed a sequence in thirty mins and the idea was in my mind. Now I know, a year and a half later, that typing is work.
I' m always working and I' m always working in it, but it must have been difficult last winters to get home after I've been working outside all morning and want to write. I' ve got a whole blogs full of shorts on www.mainlyprompts.com. And I didn't want bad selling of a set of shorts (that are selling so well) to distort my appeal as an auteur.
A number of authors begin with a draft, create a draft, write the text frame by frame (not necessarily in the order in which it is written), and then work on it. Other people choose to begin with a basic notion, move forward until they have completed the narrative they wanted to record, and then move on to work. It is my belief that how an author approach a book-length work will depend on your person.
Most of the more relaxed writers I know renounce most of the official plans and just take a seat to write the history they can't remember. None of the two methods is better than the other; it only relies on which one the recorder uses more conveniently (i.e. more productively).
Now, I'm not a methodical author, so I can't respond correctly. Besides, I've been doing mostly brief storytelling lately. However, my way of composing a novel (or almost anything else) is like an exploration of unfamiliar territory. I' m just typing without much planning or imagination of what would come next.
It' s more likely to read the book as I write. I' ve tried writing with more methods (taking memos, scheduling, making schematics), but it didn't work. Actually, it almost got one of my running books dead and I gave up the "methodical method". It' not that the novel is very much alive now, but if I take notice of it, I can still sense its puls.
When my work is in process, it usually hinges on how much I am feeling about it. On some of the occasions I want to write a big novel, then the continuation on the same date. Sometimes I have the feeling that I should just write the remainder of the section and end it.
I don't write at all on other occasions. Well, that would depend. I' m a writer to create a novel-length work. I' m hoping for a first design of 50-65k words, and in the first design modus I only write, even if what I write is a fright.