Saylor's Goodreads Bookshelf

Saylor's books

Animal Farm
Where the Sidewalk Ends
The Great Gatsby
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Catcher in the Rye
Of Mice and Men
The Alchemist
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Lord of the Flies
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Little Women
A Tale of Two Cities
The Count of Monte Cristo
Les Misérables
Moby-Dick or, The Whale
The Joy Luck Club
The Memory Keeper's Daughter

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

How I write?

It’s a lot like cooking, I think.  When I’m planning to write I take out a huge sheet of sketching paper and plot out my main story points.  (Planning the menu?) I also put down everything I can think of pertaining to the story - who when how why where and what – everything.  Then I research and read.  Everything I can get my hands on:  shampoo bottles, magazines, blogs, how-to manuals, fiction, non-fiction, etc. (Gathering the ingredients?) 
Then I get a black and white composition notebook and two fresh number 2 pencils and start writing the draft on the right side of the pages.  I leave the left side blank for notes and changes. (Mixing the ingredients?) That’s my first draft completed. Then I put it down again. (Letting it stew?)
After that I begin to write it out on the computer and add or take away scenes, incorporating any notes I’ve made in the notebook.  I print that out and read it.  I make note cards of all the scenes and make sure the sequence is correct.  I generally move things around and rewrite at this point.  Rewrite and rewrite again. Switch scenes over and over.
I type out a second draft and give it to my partner to read.  (Serving the dish?) She tells me what’s wrong with it, in her opinion.  We debate it.  I get mad and walk away, knowing she’s right.  Then I come back and do the final draft and start handing it to my editor. 

I’m a bit picky about what pencils or pens I hand write out my draft out in.  It has to feel right.  And while I’m typing the first draft I like to be called Rita.  But I have no tricks or weird habits - nothing like that...

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