A Writing Process

Posted: March 15, 2016

"What you won't find in this book is an explanation of the way to write a novel."
-Lawrence Block, Writing the Novel: From Plot to Print

In his book Writing the Novel (which I highly recommend), Lawrence Block wrote that he believes every writer must find the way that works best for them. The more I write, the more I agree with this statement. In fact, it seems the best way to write a novel not only differs between authors, but also between stories for the same author (it is the case for me).

Still, if I had to describe my writing process, it would be something like this :

  1. Inception (collecting ideas)
  2. Writing (putting words to paper)
  3. Alpha and Beta Reading (getting honest feedback)
  4. Polishing (updates based on feedback)
  5. Editing (copyedit done by a professional)
  6. Packaging (bundling everything together, including getting a cover)
  7. Publishing (sharing it with the world)
  8. Evaluation (learning from mistakes and successes)

In all honesty, more often than not, I can't follow my own process. At least, not in the way it is presented here, one step at a time, one after the other. I sometimes jump over a step, repeat another two or three times, move down the list and back up again. For example, at the time of this post, I am in the writing phase of Deficiency and yet, I already have a cover (it worked out that way, based on James T. Egan's availability).

So why a process at all? I would say because I need some kind of plan. I tried without a process and that turned out to be disastrous. Without guidelines (we could call them guiding posts), I tend to get lost. Stories do not progress or simply hang. I quickly start running in a circle. So, now, I always start with a plan, although the plan can change as the story progresses.

I am planning on giving more details about each step in subsequent posts. Feel free to share with me your own process or any recommendation you may have.

Keywords: Tips, Writing


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