Amicus Script or sidebar to my Law Bulletin October column, published Nov. 1.
HOW TO WRITE A LOT OF WORDS FAST.
1. Set a timer for 50 minutes. Start writing.
2. Inhabit a scene. See, hear and write everything.
3. Dissect an action — write it out in excruciating, step-by-step detail.
4. Examine how your character feels at each point in the action.
5. Go in the opposite direction of your first inclination.
6. Describe the setting in way too much detail.
7. Write out a conversation word for word, even though most of it won’t make it to the final draft.
8. Write one word after another.
9. When the alarm rings, stand up, take a break, massage your hands. Enjoy a glass of water (really — just water).
10. Repeat steps 1 through 9 until desired word count is reached.