I forgot the doors! My characters are trapped!

A couple of days ago I finished the third draft of the third Cross book, which is coming along. I think it needs about one more draft and then it will be ready to send off to the agent for notes. And then we’ll see.

Someone asked me about my writing process recently, and I didn’t really have a good answer. I’ve been thinking about it since, and I’ve finally decided it’s kind of like building a house. The first draft is excavating the blank page and putting in the foundation. The second draft is installing the plumbing and electrical and all that. The third draft is throwing up the drywall. The drafts that follow are the painting and otherwise getting it ready for a reader to move into and feel at home.

Editors? They’re the inspectors. Reviewers? They’re the repairmen.

Of course, I’ve never built a house, so what do I know? I’m just hoping I don’t burn down the whole neighbourhood.

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Posted on May 30, 2014, in Peter Roman, The Writing Life. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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