The writing rollercoaster

Early coasterI’ve been deep in a first draft of a new novel, also set in early 20th century New York, and I observed something little, but telling at least for me. Writing a first draft is like riding a rollercoaster. I’m not talking about the ups and downs, the places where it goes fast and where you get stuck. I’m talking about how hard it is in the beginning, how you chug and chug up and up until you finally get to the point where you can “see” the whole landscape of your novel, and then whoosh! Things start to move really fast in the drafting process. That’s where the little ups and downs, the unexpected twists and turns occur.

For me, the chugging lasts until about 30,000 words…

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