Hi SEers! Denise here to talk about all the parts that go into creating a book, thanks to a question I was asked.
I have my six-year-old granddaughter twice a week when she gets out of kindergarten. So, we spend the day doing projects, homework, or finding new ways to look at life. One of those days, we were putting a 100-piece glittery unicorn puzzle together.
My granddaughter asked, “What if 100 people each had a part of this puzzle?”
I replied, “They would all have to work together to get it done like we’re doing.”
My answer satisfied her, but I kept thinking about it. How hard would it be for 100 people to work together to get something done? Would one or two of these people hold back their pieces? Very possible.
The more I thought about it, I realized writing a book was very much like putting a puzzle together. The different parts of that process were a piece of the finished product. I put a list together of ten major puzzle pieces, with smaller pieces mixed in, that go into writing.
- The idea. It can arrive at any time, and through many processes. It is the first puzzle piece placed.
- Schedule time to write. Much like there is time devoted to brushing your teeth, pay your bills or exercise you need to schedule a time to write.
- Where? It could be at a desk, park bench, coffee shop, or in your car. Get creative!
- Begin to write or plan. You can start writing or outline the idea depending on what type of writer you are, pantser or planner.
- Write the story. After the initial excitement, don’t stop adding to your word count even in that middle lull.
- The end. You have your first draft or that outside frame done on your writing puzzle!
- Let it rest. Come back with a fresh perspective by taking a Me-Day or work on another writing puzzle.
- Begin to edit. Tighten up your prose by taking it chapter by chapter reading it or having it read to you by a program on the computer. Watch for overused or unnecessary words, telling over showing, or anything that impedes the story flow. The more you educate yourself, the easier this part will be.
- Share your work. Critique groups and beta readers are invaluable for honest insight. They can find the puzzle piece you dropped under the table. Don’t have one? Reach out to other writers, it may take a couple of tries to find someone compatible but when you do their advice will become invaluable as yours will to them.
- Find an editor. This is a part I don’t recommend skipping. They will make sure all your pieces fit correctly.
Although I only listed ten parts of writing, you still aren’t done. There are a few pieces to go. You’ll need a cover, blurb, formatting, and to upload it on a site to sell. You can do these things or hire someone depending on your skills. Don’t forget to get it copyrighted to protect your work. Of course, you might have a publisher, and then most of these pieces will be placed for you.
When you get to this point, your writing puzzle will be complete. Every part has cooperated, and now it’s time to celebrate your accomplishment!
How do you feel when all your pieces fall together to create a beautiful writing puzzle you can finally share?