My Writing Process

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I think that I can claim to be a more instinctive writer than one who makes detailed plans. When I started writing 'Percival', it was a lark, and something that was meant for the kids. So, it rambled on and on. When I decided to rewrite it as a book...

I think that I can claim to be a more instinctive writer than one who makes detailed plans. When I started writing 'Percival', it was a lark, and something that was meant for the kids. So, it rambled on and on.

When I decided to rewrite it as a book, then I knew that there had to be a certain flow, and a definite end in mind. This is when I decided to use mind maps. 

In general, I do not like to write at the desktop. I use this largely for editing photographs and for emails etc. 

I very much prefer to use either the IPad, and then I use Word. Or, the other programme that i have started to use is Scrivener. 

I am writing my e-book — 'Walking In The Walled City of Delhi'. This is one that has more photography than actual writing. I am using the templates provided by iBooks Author. While they are nice, they can be fiddly. Therefore, I am looking at some other templates

Normally, I start with making a broad structure. This is something I do after the initial inspiration that hit me runs into a block. Then, I make a broad character sketch, and sketch out the main plots. 

After this is done, the plot, the narrative, the verse plays inside me and suddenly it pops out.....

Once done, I wait two weeks before I re-write it. All verse, and short prose is first written with fountain pen, and then retyped onto the computer. Long winded, but it works for me.

 

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