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Pauline Rowson on writing routines, research and thinking time

Pauline Rowson

I'm often asked if I have a writing routine and the answer is not strictly although I do like to write every day if I possibly can, speaking engagements permitting. But "writing" isn't just pounding away on a keyboard.  Creating a novel requires more. There is, of course, the research which can be desk research conducted via the internet, books and newspapers, and secondary research, which involves talking to the experts and visiting locations. There is also thinking time.

Some days when the words flow, or I am at a critical stage of writing - usually at the end of the first draft of a novel - I am keen to crack on and write as much as I can. This can result in me spending up to seven hours, maybe more, sitting at my computer.   Other days I will struggle to find the correct words and the creative flow will trickle to a halt. If the latter happens I usually pick up my knitting, or do some sewing or go for a walk while my mind works away at the snag with the plot or with a character. That is my thinking time.

Writing a novel also involves research and I do a lot of research on location, walking DI Andy Horton's patch which is Portsmouth, the Solent and the Isle of Wight.   (Alright so I can't walk on water but I can traverse the Solent by boat).  While my mind is constantly working, thinking through the plots or sub plots, developing characters and looking for a good place to put a body!.

Silent Running featuring Art Marvik

With the Art Marvik crime series my research takes me further afield. In Silent Running the first novel to feature the former marine commando, it took me to the coastal town of  Weymouth in Dorset to the marina there, and in the opposite direction to the seaside towns of Littlehampton, its marina, to Bognor Regis and to Chichester Marina in West Sussex.

I've also nearly completed the second in the Art Marvik series and for this I travelled to Kimmeridge Bay in Dorset and Swanage on location research.My research will also involve me seeking out experts and talking to them, conducting research using the Internet, the library and other resources.   And all of this is fitted around the crime novel I'm working on.

So I don't have a routine and I don't count the number of words but suffice to say not a day goes past without me either writing (pounding the keyboard) researching, or thinking.

Silent Running is published in hardcover by Severn House.  It is also available for loan in UK libraries. It will be published in the USA on 1 July when it will also be released on Kindle.

Shroud of Evil ( DI Andy Horton 11) is available in hardcover and as an ebook it will be published in paperback in October 2015.

Fatal Catch, (DI Andy Horton 12) will be published by Severn House in hardcover in the UK in September 2015.

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MAY 27TH, 2015 @ 4:39:43 UTC

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