Daily Archives: February 28, 2009

What I Read This February

Murder Most Royal Jean Plaidy
Ceremony in Death by J.D. Robb
Espresso Tales by Alexander McCall Smith
Shopaholic and Sister by Sophie Kinsella
Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susannah Clarke
Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
Victoria in the Wings by Jean Plaidy
Lady Grace: Feud by Grace Cavendish (Patricia Finney)
44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith
The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
The Book of Air and Shadow by Michael Gruber

Orchestrated Overview

It didn’t really take very long at all to complete this. Here’s the breakdown:

12 May 2008: Original exercise (brainstorm a story idea, write a back-of-the-book synopsis)

May 2008: Expand 200-word synopsis to a two-page descriptive outline (same day, actually)

July-October 2008: begin writing once or twice a week (about 30K or 60pp)

Nov 2008: approx. 30K done over the month

Jan/Feb 2009: ten writing sessions to finish it

So overall, if one leaves out the day in May where I brainstormed the idea, it took eight months of part-time work on it. If one includes May to give a better overall idea of the development time of the idea/prep time for headspace, ten months. Eight to ten months is a very, very respectable timeline for a part-time novel.

Now, could I do it again? That’s the question. It would depend on the idea and how fully it was worked out in the synops(i/e)s.