In there with the elements of writing—alongside characters, actions, reactions, themes, plots, tension, climax, resolution, and setting scenes with more than stage flats so that readers see, hear, smell, taste and want to pack up and move there—there’s also math. If Millie writes a book of X number of words, how many words per day must Millie write to finish within Y days? Or, if Millie’s manuscript runs X pages, how many pages per day must Millie revise to finish in Y days? It’s not as creative as other elements, but I love the math of writing, too.
*I set myself a math problem with this short piece because I’m in the middle of living Millie’s revision problem. The problem I set: Can Molly write a piece about the math of writing in exactly 100 words? The above paragraph = 100 words. I love writing and the math of writing.
|Molly and friend working on deadline|
Molly MacRae writes the award-winning, national bestselling Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries and the Highland Bookshop Mysteries. As Margaret Welch, she writes for Annie’s Fiction. Visit Molly on Facebook and Pinterest and connect with her on Twitter or Instagram.