The Writing Process

I approach the writing process in a systematic manner.  I realize not everyone approaches it in this fashion, though it works for my mentality — I like to be organized.

I start with a short (one paragraph) description. Then I create an outline with a little pseudo-manuscript within it. Separately, I create a spreadsheet with scene and chapter numbers that detail location, time/date, characters in scene, and brief description of scene.  The spreadsheet’s real important when the plot has complexity.

Once my outline is complete, I use the Scrivener application to organize scenes and chapters.  This is where the bulk of the writing actually occurs.  As I progress through multiple passes in the editing process, Scrivener allows me to mark an editing stage.  The number of edits is highly subjective.  I can say, with certainty, that the more time spent on outlining and spreadsheet detail, the fewer revisions will be required.

Somewhere in the revisions, your friendly editor appears.  You’ll need to decide, or perhaps your editor will dictate, when the “other” set of eyes reviews your work.  The strength of your writing dictates the amount of editing required.  You might have a great story to tell though your writing ability may not convey it.

The final part of writing involves the conversion of the Scrivener output to a conventional word processing format such as Microsoft Word.  This conversion produces a nice manuscript, which then requires formatting within the Word application to arrive at the publishing specifications required by your publisher, or in the case of self-publishing, the print-on-demand company used.

This post is contributed as Guest post by Jim Mosquera.

Jim Mosquera is a published author of fiction and non-fiction and a business professional. His non-fiction work will make you understand why the proposed solutions for our problems will not work. His fictional work is so realistic, it will make you wonder if such stories are possible. He wants people to understand the world around them and think

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