Previously, I made the reckless claim that I would lay out and demonstrate some of the ways I prepare to write a novel. I came up with five methods, but I’m realizing now that the approach I had planned to take in explaining these methods ignores a few key issues:
1. These methods often bleed into one another, rather than being discrete units.
2. They don’t fully represent my preparatory strategy.
3. Some of them, I don’t use.
As such, I’m going to scrap my previous plans. If you’re curious about the methods anyway, I made a page with brief discussion.
I’ll still be coming up with a novel concept of my own. Perhaps I’ll talk through my (much messier) actual process when that time comes.