Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Jeffrey Archer’s Process

I find this process fascinating. I’m a slow writer. People get that now because I’m slow all around, lately. But people used to think me a fast writer because I’d write 20K a week. But I’m not. I spend a whole lot of time writing and reading. Probably 40 or 50 hours a week, and another 40 hours or so on teaching and piano.

Well, I don’t have kids. Glenn’s away. There’s really nothing else for me to do.

Anyway, people write that much in 10 hours a week, which is why I say I write slowly.

But I have never done 16 drafts. Wow. That is something. Here’s Jeffrey Archer’s process:

And this is just hilarious:

24 bonus scribbles:

Melanie Avila 4/07/2009 03:30:00 PM  

Aside from these past couple weeks, I feel the same way. I normally have very few things that demand my time so I don't feel like I have a valid excuse for not getting things done. When I do write, I feel like I write quickly -- it all comes in little bursts.

Mary@Holy Mackerel 4/07/2009 06:45:00 PM  

I wish I could hear the video. My audio is on the blink.

I'm a slow writer too. And you know? It doesn't matter. Right?

Stephen Parrish 4/07/2009 06:51:00 PM  

I enjoyed these, thanks.

Amy Sue Nathan 4/07/2009 07:54:00 PM  

I loved these videos for different reasons. The first one didn't make it seem to me like he was a slow writer at all, just a meticulous one. But aren't we all in some way? I was validated when he said OF COURSE writers write 8, 10 hours a day. I get looked at like I'm crazy when I say that.

The second one was gorgeous story-telling.

Thanks for sharing.

McKoala 4/07/2009 08:49:00 PM  

That first one was very interesting, given that he was an mp at the time. What was he doing for his constituents?

However, it is interesting to see somebody taking such a clinical approach to the task.

Pink Ink 4/07/2009 09:20:00 PM  

16 drafts. That's amazing. More power to him.

writtenwyrdd 4/07/2009 09:53:00 PM  

I'd heard the same thing from the MFA people I met at the only conference I managed to attend. made sense to me, actually.

I have a difficult time being that organized. I have to spend less time on the internet, though. That's the biggest time suck.

Robin 4/07/2009 10:04:00 PM  

I think I'd get too bored with my work if I did that many drafts. It would be like, "Oh, man! Do I really have to read that part again?"

He is a wonderful story teller!

Edie 4/07/2009 11:12:00 PM  

16 drafts? I'd be going nuts. I would like to write more hours though. This week is nuts and so is next week. Maybe the week after.

Lisa 4/08/2009 04:18:00 PM  

Yuck! Drafts, that's another reason I've 'given up the pen!

I've nominated you for the 'I Love Your Blog' award - you can read about it and pick up the logo on my blog.

spyscribbler 4/08/2009 11:44:00 PM  

Melanie, I feel like I've been grinding slowly for a year. It's annoying!

But you've been busy practically starting a whole new career, lately! Them's no small beans!

spyscribbler 4/08/2009 11:44:00 PM  

Mary, I hate when that happens! And you're right: it totally doesn't matter one iota!

spyscribbler 4/08/2009 11:44:00 PM  

You're welcome, Stephen!

spyscribbler 4/08/2009 11:49:00 PM  

Aerin, thank you! You're so sweet!

spyscribbler 4/08/2009 11:53:00 PM  

Ohmigosh, Amy, ME TOO! I once mentioned, on a blog, that I worked about 15-16 hours a day between my day job and writing. I then said, if I were published enough to quit my day job, then I would probably still work 15 hours a day, but do more reading and marketing. (In fact I put in at least 12 hour days on my "days off.")

It almost felt like a few were angry at me for that. But they had kids. I'd trade all that time for kids in a heartbeat. But we don't always get those choices.

Anyway, after that, I shut my mouth on how many hours a week I work on writing, for sure. :-)

spyscribbler 4/08/2009 11:54:00 PM  

McKoala, seriously? I thought that was 2008... he was MP after going to prison for three years?

Wow. Wow, wow, wow, LOL!

spyscribbler 4/08/2009 11:55:00 PM  

Jewel, I was thinking, today, that if he were writing on a computer with a delete key, I bet that would cut out a whole bunch of those drafts, LOL!

spyscribbler 4/08/2009 11:56:00 PM  

Writtenwyrdd, it sure is a time suck! I've been working hard, but it's been a time-consuming project that won't make me much money. But I've learned a lot. Still, at the end of the day, I feel like I haven't "accomplished" anything.

spyscribbler 4/08/2009 11:56:00 PM  

Robin, by the time I'm at the end of my first draft, the thought of reading it again makes me nauseated! Sixteen? I couldn't do it. Not ever, LOL!

spyscribbler 4/08/2009 11:57:00 PM  

Edie, I'd like my hours to be more focused. I'm working on it this week! I noticed I'll be writing, but I'll just check an email that came in. Then go back to writing. But oh! There's a tweet!

My hours aren't full hours, at the moment. They need to be fuller!

spyscribbler 4/08/2009 11:57:00 PM  

Oh Lisa! Thank you so much! You are so sweet!

Nadine 4/09/2009 02:02:00 AM  

I loved watching these videos! He writes so much! 16 drafts, wow!

Thanks for sharing!

McKoala 4/09/2009 07:52:00 AM  

Um, I have confused, sorry. No, he was an MP when he first started writing, many years ago. Maybe there were fewer drafts in those days...