Karavansara

East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai


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A Piece of the Action

In the end, the story I jotted down in first draft two nights back turned into a 3100-words short called A Piece of the Action, and it’s currently on its way towards the editor’s desk, hoping it will find a slot in the proposed anthology.

WriterAtWorkMy current process is more or less defined.

  1. I write the first draft in public, working in Google Docs online, in two or three hours, in the evening.
  2. I let the story rest for about 24 hours while I do something completely different.
  3. Still in Google Docs, I clean up the file, deleting my in-line live commentary and doing a first revision.
  4. Then I switch the Language Tools plugin and have a go at the text, catching typos, inconsistencies and wrong phrase construction.
  5. At this point, I copy and paste the text in a LibreOffice doc and I have a final revision, cutting what can be cut and adding what needs to be added.
  6. I format the text according to the guidelines, I save it in the requested format, and I send it along to the editor with a brief cover letter.

And that’s it.
Then the waiting begins, because there’s usually a few weeks lag between delivery and final verdict.
But that’s part of the game.
And now, on to the next story.
This thing is working like clockwork.
Tonight I might try and do another, depending on how my plans for dinner work out.


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Finally a writing method that works

Today, after years spent writing, I finally defined my writing process – so I thought I’d share with the world my discoveries.

My work-flow can be divided into three essential steps, throughout my work-day.

hqdefault3 pm-7 pm
Having briefly defined what I’m going to write about next, I lounge on my couch, reading a book and/or listening to some good music (crisps, orange juice or tea optional), while the ideas grow wild in the backwoods of my brain.

10 pm-5 am
Sleep.

5.30 am-11 am
Write the stuff down.

Redo from start.

Believe it or not, it works like clockwork.
I might even find a fancy name for this and then write a handbook about it.