This is my prewriting stage. Here’s where I come up with a premise or plot bunny, brainstorm on it, develop my characters, etc. I’m a Scrivener girl, so I keep all my planning in that program so it’s all in one place and readily available. I also outline in this stage, but I don’t force myself to get the entire book plotted, just enough to get me started and roughly know where I’m going. I’m about 80/20 plotter/pantser.
This stage is a bit self-explanatory. I draft away. (If my mental illnesses are acting up, this is stage I usually get stuck at. Meh, motivation can be hard to muster at times. I need a chip implanted in my brain that will translate thoughts to typing.)
Revising / Editing
During this stage, I send writing to my critique partners and get their thoughts. Then I revise based on the feedback. Next, it goes off to the editor. Whilst at the editor, I use this time (if I haven’t already) to design the book cover, some teasers, etcetera.
After everything is edited and formatted, then the story gets to see the light of day 😀 So there you have it, my writing process. Nothing special really lol.
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