Notes To The Author As A Young Man: How You Can Write A Novel In Three And A Half Months, And Still Have A Life.

I begin working on the final chapter of ONE LAST FLIGHT tomorrow (that’s Chapter 18 for those of you who have been following its serialization here). I started it in September of last year, which is a long time to reach its present 52K words. No more ‘by the seat of my pants’ writing for me. I’m hoping the advice offered here and elsewhere about pre-plotting and planning will yield me a more robust word count per day.

Give it a read and see what you think.

G. Scott Huggins

There are many things I wish I could go back and tell my younger self about life, love, writing, and many more things. I’m going to start with this one, in the hope it may be useful to my readers. Just a year ago, I would have said that writing a novel this quickly would have been impossible for anyone but a professional, probably-childless, full-time writer. Here are the lessons I learned that made this possible. I would like to especially credit Steven Barnes and his Lifewriting philosophy for teaching me many of these things. There’s a lot more over on his Facebook group dedicated to this, some of which I have not yet put into practice, but it’s well worth checking out. I’ll designate the points I learned from him with an (L).

1) Have A Clearly Defined Motivation (L): In this case, my motivation was two-fold: 1) I…

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