> 3) How do I write? God, this is embarrassing. Look, I just do it. It's
>pictures in the head and memories and thinking about things and it all comes
>together. It's something I do.
This covers the creativity side. Could you comment on what sort of discipline
you use to get the non-trivial task of such a large collection of words correct,
in terms of spelling, grammar and so forth, as well as a good rendering or
implementation of your thoughts and ideas?
What sort of mechanical process does a piece of text, say a paragraph, go
1 Get written.
2 Left a week.
3 Get touched up or re-written.
4 Left a day.
5 Get checked for spelling, grammar and ambiguities.
6 Left two months.
7 Get checked again.
8 Repeat until book finished.
In a previous article you mentioned the phrase `2nd draft' in passing.
How many drafts do you do? What does this number depend on?
Many thanks in advance,
Warren "I'm not really starting my PhD thesis 'onest guv." Day
No, that's what NORMAL writers do. BRITISH writers put their work
through this process:
1. Get written.
2. Composted for a week, cleaned, dried in a peat
fire, and transcribed to flannel sheets.
3. The original paper is reused as firestarters.
4. The sheets are sent off for laundering, and left on
the upper deck of a London bus.
5. The text is rewritten from scratch on the edge of
6. The sheets are sold in a left luggage auction, to
the publisher, who contacts the author.
7. The two versions of the text are compared, and any
differences are erased with Pears soap.
8. Repeat until book finished.
Have you hugged your wolf today? 'U`
Peter da Silva, Taronga Park BBS, Houston, TX +1 713 568 0480/1032
[ detailed guide to the writing process deleted ]
And Douglas Adams' writing process is :
1. Bum around in hotels and stuff until a year after deadline.
2. Start thinking about plot (maybe).
3. Do a Southbank Show special.
4. Say "It'll be out in October" but cunningly neglect to mention which year.
5. Write book (not sure about this bit).
I'd say step 0. involves being a script editor on a long running high profile
]high script volume BBC science fiction series.
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