About my writing process, by Karin Slaughter
My writing process is crazy. I’m just going to be really up front about that. I have such admiration for authors like Michael Connelly and Laura Lippman, who came from a newspaper background and are used to having a daily deadline. My deadline is December, so you can imagine how busy my fall is while I’m working on a book.
Instead of writing every day, I block out two or three weeks at a time and go up to my cabin in the North Georgia mountains. Once I’m there, I work on average ten to twelve hours a day, which is absolutely grueling and exciting at the same time. Grueling for obvious reasons—sitting for that long is probably cutting my life expectancy by several years. Exciting because I get that same heart-pounding ride as my readers because I’m writing in bursts. Now, this isn’t to say that I just sit down and magic happens. I tour a lot during the year, and spend a lot of time in airports, on trains and in cars with nothing to do but think. I actually love this down time.
It’s awful when I’m at home because I can always think of a million things to do other than think about plot and character. So, having this time away when I don’t have anything to do but think between stops is a wonderful treat. It’s really become part of my creative process, and I guess after eleven years of doing this I should stop saying it’s a crappy way to write because, obviously, it’s how my brain needs to do it.
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