It’s been about 10 days since I turned in the first draft of the sequel to Adaptation. Since then, I’ve been catching up on the zillion things I didn’t do while making the final push to meet my deadline (OK, I missed my deadline by a week), but I’ve also been thinking about what it felt like, this time, to write a rough draft.
The common wisdom among writers (or at least the writers I’ve talked to) is that you never learn how to write books. You learn how to write each book. That’s because every book is different, so the process is different every time.
By and large this is true, but there are some things that you can learn in the course of writing multiple novels…