What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
A book from start to finish looks something like this:
Idea, inspiration, several scrap pieces of papers with random ideas.
- Outline (brief chapter summaries of what’s going to happen in each chapter, making sense of those random ideas and throwing out the ones that don’t fit)
- First draft (getting the words on paper, not caring if I use bad grammar or spell something wrong)
- In this phase, I’ll modify the outline as needed, adding in additional chapters to flesh out the story, or completely changing some of the chapter outlines if they no longer work.
- During this phase, I also add comments of changes I want to make or consistency checks to work on during a future draft so I don’t break the flow of writing during the first draft.
- Second draft (reading through the book, resolving some comments, adding several more comments, possibly even adding additional chapters)
- Third draft (clearing up the comments, rearranging some chapters, double checking consistency, spelling, and grammar)
- Send to proofreader
- Final draft (reading through the book again and checking for consistency issues, spelling, grammar, wording, any other glaring changes)
- Move on to formatting and publishing!
Each step changes per book, but for the most part those are the general steps I follow. Some books require more editing, others not as much. It depends on the book and how distracted (or inspired) I am when I’m writing it.
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