The Writing Process involves 6 basic stages, which are not separate as they often flow into one another in our experience. Or depending on how you write you might engage in certain stages simultaneously. Here are the stages:
1. Pre-writing. It’s like hatching an egg from conception, incubation to hatching the plot
2. Writing. The actual work that requires creativity and discipline. Putting pen to paper or fingertips to keyboard.
3. Revising. This is the craftsmanship side of writing. You’re not just completing something according to basic standards but to your own satisfaction. Writing is after all an art. It’s the same care you would put into creating a model ship or plane.
4. Editing. Putting the last touches on your work to make sure it flows well like adding any missing pieces or removing parts that don’t fit.
5. Publishing. This is the part that many writers dislike because it’s the business side of things. You take it all in stride from the 1st rejection letter to the 100th. We decided to go with a publisher we knew instead of going through this process of waiting and hoping. When you do get a “yes” then you can congratulate yourself for your persistence and do a little dance in celebration.
6. Promotion. Your publisher depending on size and budget will often handle many aspects of promotion, such as shelf space in bookstores, distributors, media kit and many other important details. Still as an author you need to be available for book launches, book signings, and other public and media appearances. This allows you to interact with your audience and receive valuable feedback from them.