-- Thinking about story possibilities 24/7. While watching
TV/In the car etc.
n First draft starts before I begin writing.
n Thinking time between drafts is crucial to give my mind time to work things out.
n Ruthless in editing and getting to the core of the story.
STAGES OF WRITING A STORY.
Draft one: Observes/imaginative leap/experiments with possible stories/chooses one/writes to 1st story point/ pauses, considers opening/edit/ decide on next story point and writes to/pause, considers opening and middle/edit/ chooses ending/writes to and finishes draft.
( Main aim: deciding story path. Each section flows from the one(s) previous. Opening from experiments/middle from opening/ end from opening, middle.)
Draft two: Main draft. Works on story information/ character details/story path with a view to clarifying what the story is about—ie: fear/loneliness/ finishes draft using same method as draft one—story points.
( Main aim: Clarifying what the story about.)
Draft three: Write one sentence summary of main emotion of story/ a line by line strict edit to eliminate, or add detail with a view to serving that story summary.
(Main aim: Story finished except for three further edits to tighten language/further clarify character/story. Also proof read each time.)
AND THEN I SUBMIT/ADD TO MY FILE OF FINISHED WORK, AND MOVE ON TO NEXT STORY.