Thursday, February 13, 2014

Book writing as told by Philip Donlay

I'm an index card junkie.  I go through hundreds of these while I'm plotting / outlining.  Sometimes I'm clever enough to number them, typically I don't.  It's stacks and stacks of chaos.

Then it's seemingly endless research to make sure all the stuff I dreamed up actually works. I love this part.

Then I type anywhere from 125,000 to 135,000 words.  During the editing process the manuscript gets whittled down to 96,000 words.  I wish I were good enough to type the correct 96,000 words the first time--but I'm not, and I never will be.   
The real magic comes when my publisher takes my mess, and turns it into this.   Thanks Oceanview!

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