- Brainstorm idea. Rough out about three versions of first scene before writing out first draft.
- First draft is about three times as long as you want the finished product to be.
- Consider ways to cut.
- Receive inspiration (whilst in shower) of new brilliant idea.
- Ditch first idea, write rough draft of new story.
- New story is about five times as long as you actually want it to be.
- That’s ok, think about how much better it’ll be once you’ve condensed it.
- Estimate required length of beginning, middle and end then set about cutting – in chunks.
- Cut some more.
- Realise you have to lose a couple of characters.
- And a story arc.
- That’s ok too, it gives you more room to concentrate on the main story.
- Accidentally add another thousand words on rewrite.
- Keep cutting.
- Disagreement with 9 year old daughter over main character (whose story is this?)
- Cut again.
- Realise that you’ve inadvertently cut the heart out of your story.
- Go back to first story..?
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