For those of you who write you will know the wonderful happy feeling you get from finishing your new story, whether it is a short story or a long novel.
I wont pretend that I never get stressed during the process because that would be a HUGE lie. I have phases.
Phase One - New Idea
Its so new. So shiny. I love it. Lets make a note of it in my journal.
Phase Two - The planning
I love this idea. Okay planning. Plot line. Worldbuilding. Characters. Chapter by chapter Synopsis (always room for change) Okay planning done....
Phases Three - Beginning it
Hmmm needs to be a catchy. Hook the reader. Hmmmmm. I can always change it if I dont like it but still... hmmmmm.... oh i know....
Phases Four - Writing your story (the first part)
Yes, this is good. I cant wait to get to the good bits. Get the ball rolling...
Phases Five - Writing your story still (the middle part)
Then this happens and that. Oh that is a brilliant idea lets add that in. I dont know if i like that but leave it for now. To soon for that. Oh easy tiger. He didnt!!!
Phases Six - Writing your story... will it never end? (the last part)
This is shit. What am I thinking? This doesnt even make sense. I suppose I could add that in... will have to change that other thing though... I hate this book. Why wont it die?
Phase Seven - The Climax
DIE! DIE! DIE! Oh hang on...... there, that is okay for an ending.... for now.
Phase Eight - Realization
ITS FINISHED. OH MY GOD ITS FINISHED. (Pass out)
Phase Nine - Break
(Digs hole and burys story) I will be back in a month I promise (Covers hole)
Phase Ten - Edits
(Digs up story) Okay, time to edit. (Reading) Well I like that bit but I dont think that bit works... hmmmm.... (writing) thats better
Phase Eleven - Half way through edits
Oh god I have ruined it. What was I thinking making her do that? Im so stupid. This book is crap. When will this be over? Why did I even bother writing this stupid story in the first place??
Phase Twelve - Edits finished
Thank you jesus. I have finsihed. (cries) Okay beta readers....
Phase Thirteen - Beta Readers
(Sends it) You will be fine. Just stay clear and be bold and wow them all. (Prays) please dont let them hate it.
Phase Fourteen - Feedback
Thats good. That needs fixing. Hated that... great... need to change an entire chapter.... overall they liked well that good.
Phase Fifteen - Edits
Oh god why do I have to do this again?
Phase Sixteen - Beta Readers
Be good this time.
Phase Seventeen - Query and Synopsis
Hate synopsis. Hate them. Hate them. Dear agent... please represent me. Please. Please. Please my lovely agent, please love the story. My book is great I swear and if it isnt I will fix it I promise.
Phase Eighteen - Feedback
Change this and that and it will be fine. Grrrr*
Phase Nineteen - Edits
Last time... As if.
Phase Twenty - Sending it to an agent
(Kissing story) we have worked so hard. Impress them. Your amazing. I am so sorry I was so hard on you. You will do great. Now go on before I change my mind.
So there you go that is what I go through when I write. Sometimes it isnt pretty but finishing a project is so rewarding. I love it. And even if I want to kill the story at moment's I am still proud of the crap I write haha.
* I would just like to say to my Beta Readers that the grrr is not at them or the wonderful feedback they give me. The grrrrr is simply stress.