I’m going to have a bit of a quiet time for the next few days, just me and my computer for a while.
I’ve got to the stage with my writing where I can sit down for a few hours each day and put words down on (virtual) paper which will actually have some sort of meaning at the end of the day. The planning, as such, is complete, the notes are all there, the ideas have worked their way into concrete plans and I am ready to really get down to it.
A friend of mine, who is a professional writer, recently revealed how he writes his books. He spends six to eight months on research and note-taking and then, shut away from the rest of the world with a good supply of coffee and an occasional meal, he writes to completion. This final stage, for him, takes about three months. That’s the way it worked with his latest book – published about two months ago – and that’s the way he likes doing it. It seems to work, for him at least.
Of course, he doesn’t have as many distractions as others might have: he’s a professional writer and doesn’t have to go to work. He can avoid unnecessary appointments and, since he’s been writing for many years, people know that a closed door means to leave him in peace and quiet.
Whether I will need three months or not is another matter entirely. For me it is a first, a learning process and one which will possibly take a little bit longer. Putting words down on paper is one thing, getting the storyline and all the rest right is another entirely.
So, I am having a bit of a quiet time for a few weeks. I’ll still be here, and I’ll still be updating my Blog as often as I can, but it is quiet time. Be patient while I learn, while I write!
Love & Kisses, Viki.