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My writing process – introduction

Sep 10, 2009 | Writing | 0 comments

A couple of years ago, I got into a dual discussion, one on my LiveJournal, and one on a mailing list I was with, about ‘how I wrote everything I did’.  A lot of the writers that were in those places weren’t sure I was being entirely honest, entirely fair, or entirely ‘living in the real freaking world’ about my writing.  Those comments have stuck with me in the last few years, as I’ve refined and redesigned my process and gone from prolific to dammed scary in about three months.

I write, on average, 4k a day for clients.  These articles might reduce in number a bit if I’m writing content on a subject I know less about, but in general, I write about that much.  Afternoons and evenings when I write or work, I’m either writing up to another 5k on client stuff, or I’m writing about that again on my own books.  An average week for me sees me adding between 15 and 20k to my own novels, and working on client stuff, or uni stuff, or all three.

It’s taken getting used to several different sets of tools and adapting them to accurately reflect what I need to use them for – or adapting outlines offered in several books that explain how to write drafts in (x) days, but it’s something I believe anyone can do.  So in the next posts, I’m going to explain how I do it, and offer some alternatives for different types of writers (if they exist).



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This is one of my harder blog posts to write, because though I talk – a lot – about the impact my mental health has on my day to day life, and has done for a while, I’m pretty sure that this is the bit no one really understands, causes the most…misunderstanding and I hope, because I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, they can’t relate to. If you didn’t know that psychosis was a feature of my mental health diagnosis, or didn’t understand if you’d heard it mentioned before now, please…don’t start changing your opinion of me. That’s the biggest reason those of us with serious mental health issues aren’t as open as society needs. Because we lose people.