You want to write a book?
“I just have bits of scribbles on paper. I don’t know what I’m doing,” Adriana said on a call one day. We’d been working together only a short while, and she was frustrated.
“Writing is a process,” I replied. “This is part of your process.”
I say it all the time. All. The. Damn. Time. But what does it mean for you and your writing?
What Is The Writing Process?
Succinctly described, the writing process is the steps you take to write a book, which, really, as a definition isn’t terribly helpful.
Each of us has a different way of writing. The steps you take change as you gain experience and depending on the type of book or article you’re writing.
Still, there are distinct stages of the writing process to follow, and each has its particular challenges. Knowing where you are in the writing process helps you decide what to do next and avoid getting stuck.
In this post, I’ll talk about the stages in relation to a book. You can adapt it for short stories and essays.