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In my June 26th post about Stephen King’s views on plotting (he said don’t do it!), I mentioned that Charles Dickens was probably another novelist who didn’t plot out his books or make notes. Writer Carol DeChant advised that Dickens did, in fact, make notes — lots of them! — and suggested I refer to a book published by the University of Chicago Press.

Dickens’ Working Notes for His Novels is currently selling — and this is a new copy, not a collector’s item — for $132.50 on Amazon. I checked with the L.A. Public Library, but it only carries one reference copy. The good news is that some of the book is available via Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature.

Thanks for the tip, Carol. I only wish I could read the entire book!