- Have a brilliant idea for a story – just as you are about to fall asleep.
- Spend the next day trying to remember it.
- Spend the next three weeks formulating the plot in your head. You know exactly how it will pan out. You have the perfect opening scene in your head. This is it, this will be your breakout book.
- Finally sit down to write – churn out 1000 words.
- Re-write it all again exactly the same – maybe it will seem better this time.
- It doesn’t.
- Bang your head on the wall whilst repeating the mantra “It’s only the first draft.”
- Re-start and plough on regardless, even though your soul is dying with each word you write.
- Think of a brilliant plot twist – will mean re-writing most of it.
- Spend 2 hours researching some obscure fact on the internet. Somehow go off on a tangent and watch panda videos for 3 hours.
- Write more
- Think of another brilliant scene – for the WIP that has been largely ignored for the past 6 months. You must write it NOW so you discard the current opus to work on the other WIP.
- Eventually return to your new WIP with renewed energy.
- The end is in sight. Your fingers are flying over the keyboard, spelling, punctuation and grammar be damned you just want to get your ideas down.
- Done. Finally.
- Ignore it for a few weeks so that you can look at it with fresh eyes.
- What is this crap? What was I on? Oh that bit is quite good actually – shame it needs editing out as it doesn’t fit in with the plot twist. Oh my god, this is the worst thing I have ever written.
Ahh, we love writing really.
**The opening for my current WIP can be found on the features page**