Ian Rankin shares the method he uses to write the Rebus mystery novels in this excellent article.
Crime of passion | By genre | Guardian Unlimited Books notes: “He took me upstairs to see his office because I’d asked what date he started writing Exit Music and he said he’d check the manuscript because he dates every page: he started on 1 February 2007 and finished on 27 March – just two months to write a bestseller. But what is most interesting about this first draft manuscript is that he writes messages to himself in capital letters mid-text, saying things like: ‘I’M WONDERING IF THE GIRL COULD PLAY A PART IN THE BOOK.’ This is the girl who finds the body right at the beginning of the novel and ends up playing quite an important part in the plot.”
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