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A writer tells what it's (really) like to compose a novel.
If you are writing a novel, it is on the list of many readers, but how do you even begin such a huge work? Writers often pass on pink colored copies of their own process and give us hints like "just write" if we really want to know if it's natural to cry for an hour on a notebook or if it should just come out of us like running out of the toilet.
Harriet Reuter Hapgood's free-lance novel The Square Root of Summer got into a tendering battle last year and will be out on 5 May. Here she speaks to us through the true processes of composing her first volume, from drawing the night to openly panicking.
I' m only gonna say 10 words about footwear. As my grandma is hospitalized with a seizure, I begin to draw a diagram of an concept of a young woman and a nanniest. I think about my ideas again on a single ride to the ocean and type 10,000 words, which I call The Square Root of Last Summer.
I' m rewriting the first three chapter indefinitely, but I don't know how to end a work. I' m desperately trying to get to the core of what this is all about. I got a letter from my girlfriend Jess about her novel - she hit me. I' ve been working all through 2012, but I'm far from finished.
"I' ve really crappy first sketch of a script that I' ll let alone for six-week. I' ll tear the square root to the bone, 20,000 words, and I' ll reduce it to 80,000 words in a whole months. In the next 12 week I design and rework every night and every week-end.
Saturdays and Sundays are holy, workdays. When I check-in to "see how I am doing" - my mind interprets it like this: "I will fire you, bad customer", and I panick when I leave the freelance job From Hell at MIDNIGHT, with SPREAM of CAPITAL LAETTERS and EXCLAMATION MARKS to assure her that I can work on this work!
I' m through! Gemma made an unsolicited bid two working nights later. By the way, this works is you personally encounter all UK publishers, talk to US writers on the telephone at nights, go to bed at 2am and weep in lots at work for four working nights until you have two ledger deal, but have so much you don't are feeling lucky, just stunned separated.
I' ve never had so many e-mails in my whole lifetime, not even when I registered with LinkedIn. I' m having my girlfriend Rachael make me a square root of summer pie. I' m crying and drinking until I'm ill.... for two nights. I' ll end my editing one month after the editorial work. There are three weekly lunches and nights and weekends to reedit the text - and FIVE DAGS for my editors to give it back with MORE comments and a three-day time.
If I get a call saying that my album is on the American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce mailing I kindly say "Thank you, I don't know what that means" and then put it on because I make fish pie. I have chosen Barnes & Noble as one of the most expected 2016, but I concentrate on all the listings I'm NOT on.
I' ve got a first sketch of two. Took me three years to get here with square root; I did that in six-month. I' m flying to four US towns in four or four nights and doing my first bookshop visits, class events and readings, while my body can't stop beating.
It was awarded a star in the School Library Journal, Teen Vogue chose it as the most expected, and I was asked to perform at a Santa Monica bookstival. I have e-mails like these masquerade game where you slam the creature with a mallet. I fall in romance with someone, too, and I write every single pen.
You' re going to get the whole thing finished just to keep face. You want to write on Saturday or hang over on the couch? Bring your wedding, friends, celebrations, wedding, brunch, sexual and funny moments, and you'll have plenty of free writeing-space. I have a design where the romantically hero's name is Digby. The first rumbling of an ideas until the publication of my novel - six years.