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It's really cool that both of you are on here, BTW. Thanks for doing this in public instead of thru PM...this conversation is good for the rest of us too.
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My process. Hmm. I've been doing this so long that I don't know if I have a process anymore. It's not something I consciously think about doing. I don't have a set schedule. I work just about every day, anywhere from five to eight hours, depending on my involvement, my momentum, what I'm working on, etc. At the moment, that has changed. For reasons far too long and ugly to get into here, I have found myself in a situation that requires me to write more than half of this entire novel in four weeks. The fastest I've ever written a novel is about four months, and that was back in my misplaced youth, when I was in my twenties. When I wrote movie novelizations -- which are pretty quick and easy because the story and characters already exist -- I was always given at least three months for the job. This ... is different. The book is due at the end of this month. Since the beginning of August, I've been working 12 to 14 hours a day. I've slept little, had no time to do much planning. I'm not working from an outline. I had a very general idea of what I wanted to do, but nothing specific. I'm sort of making it up as I go ... and I've been going VERY FAST. I'm exhausted. I have about sixty pages to go and eleven days in which to write them and then do a VERY quick edit. When I'm done, I plan to slip into a nice relaxing coma. I've learned something, though. When I'm not this pressed for time (and I never have been before), I tend to over-think and over-analyze things. In this case, I'm just ploughing ahead like a runaway train. And it seems to be working. It's almost like automatic writing -- most of the time, I have no idea where it's coming from. I need to think and analyze less in the future and just keep moving forward.
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I'm struggling to come up with a new writing schedule myself. For many years I worked third shift, and had tons of downtime on the job. I would take my laptop and write at work, and found it to be incredibly productive. The majority of the stories I have--and we're talking hundreds--were written at work, so much so that I always thought if I ever published a collection I'd call it "Tales from the Midnight Shift." Anyway, a few months ago I got a promotion and moved to first shift. It is much busier and I no longer have time to write at work. I figured I would easily adjust to writing at home, but over the years it became so ingrained in me to write at work that it turned out to be harder than I expected. Plus my partner is usually here with me at home, and while he understands on an intellectual level that I need time to work, he also demands a lot of my attention when he's around, added to the fact that I sometimes feel guilty if I tell him I have to go off and be alone to write so he shouldn't disturb me. Ultimatley though the responsibility is on my shoulders, I'm hoping to hammer out a new schedule soon and get into the rhythm.
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FinalExam wrote: Plus my partner is usually here with me at home, and while he understands on an intellectual level that I need time to work, he also demands a lot of my attention when he's around,

HA! There's a topic about being a writer that could take up a WHOLE THREAD! Since you've become so accustomed to writing at work and have found that to be so productive, Mark, it sounds like you need to find a job that pays well, but that you can go to and then ignore in favor of writing. Have you considered running for Congress?
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lol, too many skeletons in my closet. Or actually too many skeletons OUT of my closet.

I have two college degrees, but gave up my well-paying professional job becaues it was making me miserable and took a job as a 3rd shift security guard. I did that for four years, but did it too well--and still had ample time to write--as they were adamant I take the supervisory position, even offered me a raise I couldn't refuse. I just have to make time to write at home, and I need to teach my partner how important it is to me. Like I said, he understands that on an intellectual level, but he still doesn't seem to feel I'm really "doing anything" and has no qualms about coming in and just starting chatting. As it is, I am most productive on days when he is working afternoons, so he's gone when I get home. Still, Im sure I can figure it out, I take a notebook with me everywhere and write a bit here and there whenever I can.
We are not strangers to ourselves, we only try to be. --Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
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