The writing process of an author/writer differs from person to person. Some will plan, outline, plot, and develop their novels down to the last quirk, research piece, aim, goal, setting detail, motivation, conflicting action, etc. Files, folder, documents, mind maps, aesthetic board, Pinterest board, Social Media polls all in place and filled with information for their novels, while others fly by the seat of their pants. Those are the ones who don’t plan, don’t map; they sit down and start writing. Then there is revising, editing, and publishing to worry about.
This month is all about your writing process and sharing what you do with others who are endeavoring to write, but have no idea where to start. Share yours below.
Example: When I first began writing, I would outline my story and then start writing. After taking a course by Nick Stephenson called Story Engines. I’ve found that fleshing out story details have helped me immensely with my writing and my storylines. He and fellow author Joe Nassise take you through their process on creating phases, answering questions, scene list, and so much more.
I’ve tweaked it to suit me and I’ve haven’t looked back. It’s a bit pricey, but well worth it. They also have a program called Your First 10K Readers that takes you through getting your first 10,000 readers. Although, I haven’t implemented all of there methods, it may be very helpful to you.
Here is the basic categories for my process:
- Premise Worksheet
- Final Premise
- Initial Scene List
- Single Sentence Summary
- Scene Questions
- Elevator Pitch
- Rough Story Arc
- Preparation Phase
- Mini Goal
- Reactive Phase
- Mini Goal
- Proactive Phase
- Mini Goal
- Conclusion Phase
- Product Description
I also have a very detailed worksheet I use to flesh out my characters that is three pages long.
Now, even though I do this, my characters ~ like small children aways seen to veer from the path I choose for them. So, yes there are some things that aren’t in the finished product that are in my plans, but that’s the way writing it.
Just for fun, let’s add in what changed throughout your story as you wrote it.
Example: I had one of my characters change occupations a quarter of the way through, not like she quit and changed, but out of the blue, one minute she’s a secretary and another she’s a nurse. I’ve also had new characters join the story when I had no intension for another character to enter the book at all.
What does your writing process look like? What changed throughout your story that wasn’t intended? I’d love to hear about it. Comment below!