Time to Write a novelIt' time to write a novel
So how long does it take to write a novel?
That' s the real dilemma I asked myself when I began to sketch my second novel Sweeping Embers of an Orinary Mind. My first novel, A Computulated Life, was written over several years with many pauses of many month. Again and again I came back to the partial script, re-read it every time, and then I pressed on and added a few thousand words before I had to put the script away again.
Time and again it has intervened. Charnock's first novel A Computulated Live was a Philip K. Dick and Kitschies Golden Tentacle Awards 2013 finale. Your new work, sleepin' embers of an ordered mind, is out now. She began her literary careers in the world of science and her writings have been published in the Guardian, New Scientist, International Herald Tribune and Geographical.
It' rewarding to point out that I have not included my whole research time! However, after meeting my deadlines and submitting my novel to 47North, I visited my journal and recounted the dates I had lived in China and Italy to research specifically for this novel. The design began on May 12, 2014, the next morning after I came from China.
On April 20, 2015 I sent the full script by e-mail to my publisher, Jason Kirk. Took me 222 working nights to design, draft and edit the script, which had about 70,000 words. Add in my research in China and Italy and assume a five-day working period (my working period ranged from three to seven working nights per week), it took me exactly 52 to write my novel.
I' m always working while I'm participating instead of creating a complete raw design for an entire novel. So how long does it take to write a novel? Here is a screenshot of my first 50 workdays. I' m counting on 60 words on July 17th was my lowest point, but I realize that I also worked on the outlines that date.
The dormant glow of an everyday mind now has a shattered texture, and the time attitude changes chapters by chapters from the present to the poster. I' ve kept two more Spread Sheets (I don't prefer whiteboards and post-it, although I'm sure other authors will find them helpful): A table with an overview. As I continued with the script, I was able to summarize the most important occurrences in each section - four or at most five items - so that I could easily look them up in the years to come.
When I had got to half the point with the script, I ceased polishing everything I had previouslyritten. This may be considered insane by many authors. But I felt I had to trust the novel before I joined an already highly intertwined novella. Then I continued with the second half of the novel and repeated the processing I had used for the first half.
When I wrote the last section, I was willing to burnish the whole novel. This only underlines how each author has his own method, which is defined in part by his or her own preferences and in part by the type of work. What's that like compared to my first novel?
I' ve chosen a similar procedure for A Computulated Life, although this first novel had a straightforward story - far less complex in many ways. I was a newbie and when I reached'The End' I realized that my script needed much more than a last polishing! Like, for example, I altered the beginning of the novel twice before I had the feeling that it was willing to be submitted.
Although diverted by the publication of the Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind, this weeks work on the script of my third novel, Dreams Before The Start Of Time. Perhaps I will accelerate the process of composing two books, but somehow I think that's unlikely. Every write projects raises new stakes - there are new literary issues to be solved.
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