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The Many Stages of Writing

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Hey, remember when I wrote a blog post about the stages of writing and forgot to include the part where you accidentally delete said post and, ironically, have to re-write it? Le sigh.

Since working on this book I’ve been becoming more in tune with what the stages of writing look like. You’d think it would be as simple as thinking of something to write, sitting down, and putting words to paper/screen. Right? Hahaha. Nope. There are way more important steps involved in the process. (Such as eating snacks. Without snacks the whole system breaks down.)

The process is probably a bit different for everyone depending on your personality, creativity, and whether or not you’ve written a book before. This is what my very refined writing process looks like:

  1. Come up with idea.
  2. Wrack brain for more ideas, because the first idea sucked.
  3. Stick with the first idea.
  4. Start writing an outline.
  5. Discard outline because you know you won’t stick to it anyway.
  6. Write.
  7. Get excited over how well it’s going. Tell everyone on Twitter.
  8. Take a coffee/snack break.
  9. Write some more.
  10. Come up with ideas for a new scene or chapter. Get overwhelmed because now you don’t know which one to work on first.
  11. Wake up next morning with writer’s block.
  12. Doubt everything. Not just your story, but your entire life.
  13. Take a coffee/snack break.
  14. Write.
  15. Bang head on keyboard in frustration and stare off into the void.
  16. Doubt that you’ll ever finish your book. Who said you knew how to write anyway?
  17. Write some more.
  18. Go to the store for more snacks.

Do you think really successful authors, like Stephen King, eat lots of snacks while writing?

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7 thoughts on “The Many Stages of Writing

  1. Haha! It’s funny because I know it’s true! But hey, at least it sounds like you’re getting somewhere! I’m rarely writing, more so summary outlining. I’d love to to my writing process in this kind of list format soon. I’ll be sure to link back here to your post as what inspired me! ❤

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  2. “Doubt everything. Not just your story, but your entire life.” I wish I had something funny to say about this one, but I don’t. It’s completely true. And it never goes away.

    I’ve gotten to points where I’ve finished a 3rd or 4th draft and been so proud of it, and my doubt hides away, letting me have my day. I send that draft off to friends and family who are willing to beta read for me, and still my doubt hides. Then, after people have had my manuscript for about a week, Doubt kicks down the door and yells, “Johnny’s here!!”

    “Jack Nicholson?” I say, my words teeming with hope.

    “Nope! Your failure. There’s so much, I’m surprised I can fit through the doorway. Almost had to kool-aid man through the wall.”

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    1. See, now this is a story I would totally read and be able to relate to. I think you need to keep going with it.

      Seriously though, it’s frustrating. When I reach that particular stage that’s when the little voice in my head starts whispering “You should just give up now.”

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      1. Been there. Multiple times. You’ve got to punch that little voice in the face. Even if you wrote the worst story ever, the process of writing it makes you a better writer. It’s all progress. The last thing I wrote is the best thing I’ve written so far, but it still might not be publishable. But I’ve improved. And I’ll improve even more and the next one. If you need an opinion one anything, email me some stuff. Anytime. joe@jwmartin.com

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