Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Happy Day-After-Halloween

Hope you all had a marvelous Halloween! I'm going to shock you all by actually talking about writing today! Amazing - call CNN. This could be breaking news.

Sara writes and asks:

"How long does it usually take you to finish your first draft and have it ready to be sent in to an editor?"

This is a very good question. I think I could probably work on a draft forever, but the fact that I have deadlines means that I have to give it up sometime, ready or not, to my editor's red pen.

I think on average, it probably takes me about eight months to write a book, but I've written some in four months before. It's amazing what the fear of God, a deadline and the prospect of returning an advance will do for motivation.

It doesn't help that I'm a bit of a pantzer, which means that I procrastinate and I make up a lot of my books on the fly. I'm guessing this probably shows.

And Shannon from Massachusetts wanted to know whether or not there will be more short story anthologies like "In One Year and Out the Other" and the answer is YES! Absolutely! Actually, this coming year there will be so many anthologies (fiction and nonfiction) that trust me, you'll always have something to read! So far, I've finished two short stories, and have committed to do two more for other anthologies. Stay tuned. I'll give you more information on them as soon as I can.

Okay, back to revisions - I'll post more in a bit!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just finished Dixieland Sushi and I think I'm in love with Riley AND your 80s memories that are so very much my own as well. Members Only jackets! Centipede! Stirrup pants! And especially Daniel-san and Mr. Miyagi. Your style is so very wonderfully readable and engaging. I truly had several laugh-out-loud moments (cheerleading tryouts and the hands-up running, to name one) and just enjoyed the hell out of this book. I have your two others on order right now and can't wait to dig into them.

Thanks so much!

Jennifer

Cara Lockwood said...

Hi Jennifer!

I'm in love with Riley, too! Some of my single friends keep asking me if I can set them up with him, but, alas, he's fiction.

Thanks so much for writing, and I hope you enjoy the other books!

Happy Reading!
Cara

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