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  1. Violet Nesdoly
    February 12, 2013

    Hi Janet,
    Your reviews are always interesting. Thanks for this. I especially perked up at this part:

    “Mr. Card advocates a lot of thinking and discovery before writing, which may frighten seat-of-the-pants writers, but we’re not starting from the known setting of planet Earth. Without the depth of history and background, our story world and cultures won’t feel real.”

    A few days ago I read Tracy Kraus’s blog post recommending Rachel Aarons ‘2,000 to 10,000 How to write faster, write better, and write more of what you love’ and downloaded the book. It has much wonderful advice. But one of the things I struggle with in the thought of writing thousands of words a day is what goes before that–the “thinking and discovery” time that’s needed before one is ready to write. Biblical fiction (like any historical and I suspect speculative fiction) needs a immersion in not only the setting but the thought and atmosphere of the era. It takes me weeks, months, to get to the point of even being ready to write. It’s so nice to read that some how-to expert agrees this is time well spent.


    • Janet Sketchley
      February 13, 2013

      Violet, that discovery phase is what worries me about things like NaNoWriMo. I can see how writing fast without stopping to self-edit will get the story out and keep a writer caught up in the thrill of the chase, but without that background, be it setting and/or character or some form of research, I’d be always stopping to look up what I needed. Or I’d be blocked because I wouldn’t understand the realm of the story, or I’d have my characters doing really dumb things that would require huge edits later.

      With your historical novel, if you hadn’t immersed yourself enough in the setting, your characters wouldn’t have acted as naturally as they did. After all, their decisions and actions are influenced by what’s around them geographically and culturally.

      The “2,000 to 10,000” book sounds interesting. I’ll have to have a look. Last time I had a daily word count, I think it was only 500 .


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