If you have never seen Nathan Bradford’s explanation of the publishing process in GIF form, you should definitely check it out. Funny and accurate. It sort of inspired today’s post, in part. Or at least in format.
A few days ago, somebody over in the Scribophile forums posed a question about what different members’ writing processes looked like. And there are a lot of ways you can approach writing. Some people are plotters, some are pantsers. I happen to be a combination of the two. But to make my process clear, let me go through it with you step by step, with handy images to illustrate each point.
Step 1 – Get struck by brilliant idea somewhere that is not conducive to writing, such as while driving the car or when taking a shower.
Step 2 – Pants the pants off the first several scenes and/or chapters until hitting a point where I know where I want the story to end, but have no idea how to get there.
Step 3 – Eat some chocolate, watch stupid YouTube videos, create character profiles, which includes scouring the web for photos of actors who could play the parts and/or create images on Morph Thing.
Step 4 – Plot a general outline.
Step 5 – Work through the outline, adjusting and adding scenes as necessary.
Step 6 – Finish a draft, rejoice, eat more chocolate.
Step 7 – Let the draft sit for at least three weeks. Do lots of workouts to counteract the chocolate.
Step 8 – Read through from beginning to end, out loud and possibly using accents, marking places that need editing and revision.
Step 9 – Slog through edits and revisions
Step 10 – Post to online critique site(s) or otherwise present to critique groups/partners.
Step 11 – Revise and edit some more. Eat chocolate.
Step 12 – Develop pitch and synopsis.
Step 13 – Eat chocolate.
Step 14 – Repeat.
(Images found through Google Image Search.)