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My Five-Step Writing Process

Hello everyone in the Blogosphere,
Today I’d like to share with you my five-step writing process. As you read the steps below, remember that each person’s process is different and you can revert back to previous steps if necessary. If you want to listen to my explanation of this process in greater detail, Please check out my latest episode of Inspirational Journeys:

Step 1: Plotting

This step is great for both the extensive outliner and the pantser with a plan. Some authors take this writing prep time to do research, get in some free writing to brainstorm ideas in a journal or notebook, whether digitally or by hand. If you’re a visual person, you may want to do a bit of mind mapping. For some authors, outlining is key to their success, while others find a story board useful for gathering their ideas. For me, plotting is simply writing down the bare bones of a story idea, which may be inspired by a dream or some other means, in my journal or in the notes app on my phone.

Step 2: Drafting

Here’s where the fun begins for some, and maybe not so much for others. It’s time to create your project, whether it be novel, nonfiction book, professional article, or personal essay for your blog or some other publication. For me, this is the fun part, because I get to build on the plotting I did at the beginning of this process. However, I may go back to that first step to do more brainstorming, when I get stuck or have a case of writers block.

Step 3: Revising

After your first draft is complete, the revision stage is where your WIP can be developed into a beautiful piece of writing. During this process, I dump scenes that don’t work in my journal, but you can also create a file or a folder in your writing software for such scenes, as you may want to pull from them later for a future story. After I do my scene dumping, I write new scenes that fit my story. If you like to write your WIP out of order, you can also spend time making sure your scenes flow in a linear fashion. I also add new elements and change dialogue to enhance my WIP, thus keeping my readers engaged.

Step 4: Editing

Many authors may see revising and editing as one in the same. However, I prefer to separate them, because after the first round or two of revision, I can go over the manuscript with a fine-tooth comb. Here’s where I cut out as many extraneous words as possible and correct spelling, punctuation, sentence structure etc. After you’ve done as much self-editing as possible, the next part of this step is either sending your manuscript out to beta readers, hiring a professional editor or both.

Step 5: Publishing and Book Marketing

After you’ve taken your book as far as you can go through the editing step, you have a wide range of options to choose from. You can format your manuscript or hire a professional to do the formatting for you, which is what I did. After formatting is complete, you have the option of where you want to distribute your eBooks, what print on demand publisher you want to use etc. If you don’t want to go that route, you can also submit your book to small publishing houses or pitch it to agents to possibly get a book deal with a traditional publisher. Remember, that once the book is in the hands of readers, it’s up to you to promote your book, no matter what publishing option you choose.

Feel free to use this process as a whole or in part to help you create your own process. Learning from authors in your community and writing/marketing experts, will help you figure out what works for you. Until next time, happy writing.

Love and prayers,

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Tips for Revising your work: Scene Dumps

In today’s episode of Inspirational Journeys, I share some revising tips in response to my friends episode about unnecessary words on her podcast this morning.

Listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: Tips for revising your work https://anchor.fm/inspirational-journeys/episodes/Tips-for-revising-your-work-e3qols


Is revising easy or difficult? Do you have any tips you’d like to share with us? Leave your thoughts in the comments below or send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you, dear readers and listeners. Thanks for being a loyal blog follower and have a blessed day.

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Reasons to Love Editing Your Novel

If you are like me and don’t particularly like the editing process, here are some reasons you should love it. If you enjoy this blog post, pleast leave comments on the original blog. You may also want to give it a like and a share or two.

Until next time, happy writing and editing.

via Reasons to Love Editing Your Novel


I finally finished my NaNoWriMo novel

Hey Y’all,
Even though November and NaNoWriMo have come to an end before I reached 50K words this year, I’m proud to say that I am still a winner! My total WIP for Epiphany High was 54747.
Although I had to finish the Novel two weeks after NaNoWriMo ended, due to my daughter’s illness while she was here for the Thanksgiving Holiday, andthe fact that I caught her stomach bug on Thanksgiving day, I still have a first draft of a novel to mold and shape the way I want it when I let my inner editor take over the revision process. Although the crazy busy activity of NaNoWriMo is over, and it feels like I’m missing sometthing, I still feel good about my novel. I have some work to do on A Journey of Faith, but if I do get Epiphany High published before A Journey of Faith, I will be happy, because this novel was written a little different than I have written anything before, whether I have gotten it published or not. I don’t want to spoil the novel for you, but I will say that you will be pleasantly surprised.
Until next time, I wish you all a belated happy Thanksgiving, and I pray that you have a Marry and Blessed Christmas, and that you are richly blessed in the new year. For now, Happy reading and writing.