Fascinating • 21 July 2008 • The SnowBlog


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Look at what horror writer extraordinaire Thomas Emson has sent in - his writing schedule for his new horror novel Skarlet, which Snowbooks is delighted to be publishing next year. Such discipline.

He says: THE SKARLET ROUTINE. THE writing of Skarlet started, as you can see from the sheet, on February 22 this year, with 390 words. That week I wrote just under 5,300 words. I set myself weekly targets. Theyre better for me than daily ones. If I had a daily 1,500 words target, and I missed a day, Id be frustrated. But with a weekly target of between 5,000 and 10,000 words, it doesnt matter if I miss a day: I can always catch up. If you look at that first month, youll see I did miss a few days: March 5, March 16, a few here and there. But, as you can see from the weekly totals, I always caught up: 12,313 that second week; more than 9,000 words on each of the other two weeks. The 36,305 figure is my word total for the month. The second month of writing, youll see, resulted in more than 45,000 words and just one day off: March 21. I finished the first draft on April 26 with 2,753 words written, there, in red. I revised a little in the following days, but then took some time out, focusing on other projects. And for the past couple of months Ive been going re-writing and revising that first draft. Thomas Emson, July 2008


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