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How long is the way between writer's mind and hand? Best regards: A. Tomov – junior

Neil Russell Dear Mr. Tomov-

Unlike writers who outline before writing or who begin with Page 1 and write to the end of their story, once I decide on the general plot of my books, I write scenes as they come to me. These scenes are not in sequence, and I rarely know how they are going to fit together. However, as they accumulate, I eventually see a pattern, and the rest of the story emerges. I then write bridges to connect the scenes, and hopefully, everything makes sense. A 500-page novel takes about a year.

Thanks for asking.

Neil Russell

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