Planning Versus Doing

Every writer I know has, at one time or another, had the following conversation with themselves:  "If I write X-number-of-words for X-number-of-days, then by this date I'll have the first draft of my novel finished!"  The theory looks something like this: if you spend 30 days planning and 60 days writing, at 2000 words a…

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The Anatomy of a Novel

This past August, I trashed the novel known up till that point as TWILIGHT OF THE GODS, the sequel to A GATHERING OF RAVENS.  I took two years' worth of notes, character sketches, research, and preliminary writing, put it in a file labeled "TotG -- Attempt A", moved it aside, and opened a new Word…