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Patrick Swenson

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Patrick is a writer, publisher, editor, and teacher. His first novel is entitled The Ultra Thin Man, forthcoming from Tor in 2014. He has sold stories to the anthology Like Water for Quarks, and magazines such as Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Figment, and others.

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Patrick Swenson When all is said and done, I'd say about three drafts went by before my editor saw The Ultra Thin Man. Of course, he had an editorial letter for me to…moreWhen all is said and done, I'd say about three drafts went by before my editor saw The Ultra Thin Man. Of course, he had an editorial letter for me to respond to as well. Count that as a 4th draft. I tend to go back and do some minor editing as I'm going through the first draft.

As for what I start with, in the case of The Ultra Thin Man, I started with just the title. Intriguing, thought I. Wonder what it means? I very loosely put together a couple of detective-like characters and threw them into a bunch of hot water early on and told them, "There. Figure it out for me." Much of this is due to my refusal (thus far) to outline, preferring to write organically, or by the seat of my pants (a "pantser" is the new term floating out there).

I am an add-in kind of writer. Like Connie, I do tend to do a lot of dialogue up front and fill in later, although I do block scenes out as I go. Later drafts add on to the worldbuilding and give more futuristic detail as needed. Shore up characters. And since there's a mystery element, I have to go back and add hints and bits to make sure everything's adding up correctly. (less)
Patrick Swenson I don't write a certain word count every day. I feel good when I have anything over a thousand words in.

My writing schedule, due to a full time…more
I don't write a certain word count every day. I feel good when I have anything over a thousand words in.

My writing schedule, due to a full time teaching job, varies from day to day. Now, during the summer, when I'm not teaching, I get a lot more writing in. I'm a night owl, so I automatically revert to those "to bed at 3 a.m." and "up at 11:00 a.m." hours. So when I start writing it tends to be later in the afternoon, sometimes late evening.

During the school year, it's awfully tough to get hours in to write. To finish THE ULTRA THIN MAN, I used my planning period at school to write, and saved all my school planning for after school, before school, even weekends, which was difficult. But it worked, and I had those same 50 minutes every work day to write. I wrote the last 75,000 words in 4 months!(less)
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Yes, it’s been just over a year since I blogged. I’m not a great blogger. I think it’s been even longer since I did a newsletter. WEIRDLY, there were a bunch of folks who signed up for the newsletter over the course of a few months, without me doing anything. Of course, maybe I should go look to see if they’re all real people.


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