Writing Basics: The Writing Process

One of the problems writers often run into is that they are impatient. I have to count myself in this category. I get an idea and I want it all to come together–right now. Unfortunately, most  of life doesn’t work like that. Writing certainly doesn’t.

We all have our moments of bliss where it all seems to flow so perfectly, but it often doesn’t happen that way, and even when it does, we often find later that what we originally thought was brilliant really is…not so much.

So how does good writing come about?

Writing is a craft, and like any craft, it requires time, practice, patience, and process.

What’s the process involved in creating good writing? Glad you asked. Here’s what it looks like:

  1. Prewriting
  2. Drafting
  3. Revising
  4. Peer review
  5. Editing
  6. Publication

Hopefully, this looks at least a little familiar–something you may have heard at some point in school, but weren’t really paying attention because you weren’t sure how it was going to affect your life yet. Now that you’re interested in writing, it’s a good process to review again.

I’ll write more on each of these topics over the next week. Check back to find out more.

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About Amy Joy

Founder of the Indie Writer's Network, Amy Joy is the author of serious and silly books for adults and kids including 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinalist THE ACADEMIE (YA dystopian romance).

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