Stages of Novel Writing

In the midst of euphoria over finishing the last novel, I jumped headfirst into writing the next, and now, three months later, I’ve reached the stage of, “What the hell was I thinking?”

And yet it progresses.

Most writers seem to have very similiar stages in writing longer manuscripts. Mine generally follow this pattern:

  1. Let’s do this thing!
  2. I’m on a roll!
  3. Wow, this is taking a lot of time out of my life.
  4. What the the hell was I thinking?
  5. I am wasting my time on this piece of crap.
  6. I should take up knitting instead.
  7. Okay, that was cool, maybe I’m not so bad a writer.
  8. Hey, this thing is coming together finally.
  9. The end is in sight!
  10. Yay, I’m done, and that ended completely different than I thought it would!

But being that I’m only three months into it, it’s pretty good (at least for me) to already be at Stage Four.

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