Your writing process
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Whatever that way is, it is perfect. When we want to go somewhere, we use a map. Your process is your unique map.
To find out what your map is, it would be useful to understand how another writer writes and notice his or her patterns. In a perfect world, we should be able to interview, watch and fully understand how an expert writer operates. Sadly, we don’t live in an ideal world, and you may not have access to other writers over the weekend – but you could plan for some interview time. This means that you will have to map out what you do and how you do it. Analyse it and work out how you can become more effective and efficient in the process, or accept the way in which you do things and make allowances. Remember, you are not alone and there are always tools, people and resources which you can call on for help.
To work out what your process is you must walk through all of the steps that you take.
The key now is to think about how you will get the most value out of your writing process. After I have outlined my book, I start by mapping out what I think I want to write about using a ‘what’, ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘what if’ framework (more on that later). I look at key words, key messages and concepts, calls to action and I consider how it fits together and flows. After a period of reflection, I undertake a knowledge audit, which tells me what I can re-purpose, what needs researching and what I can write straight off. Then its write, write, write! Followed by periods of editing and more writing. Followed by remapping and reflecting. I am not linear in the way that I work and I have to force myself to keep coming back to my plan and refocusing. I am extremely good at writing too much and brutal at editing.
Go back and look at your process:-
- What works?
- What doesn’t?
- What needs adapting?
- In a perfect world how would you write?
- What is your process?
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Each day to help you create your book, I am going to answer these essential planning questions:-
- What kind of planner am I and why is this important to know?
- What tools and resources do I need?
- What is the process and cost of writing and publishing a book?
- How long will it take me?
- How do I get ideas for my book?
- How do I choose the ONE big idea for my book?
- What is an outline and how do I create one?
- How can I structure my chapters?
- How do I create and use a book proposal?