This week’s lesson is a little early and inspired by a great twitter chat called #writersroad. Check it out. The topic is checklists for your writing.
I’m a big believer in checklists. In fact, I think it’s important to create checklists even if you never use it again. Why? Because the process of creating a checklist is important. It requires you to think things through and pull out the common threads and recurring actions.
For a long time I struggled with my process. It changed with every book I wrote.
When I finally took a good hard look at the steps I took with each book I wrote I could see where I was efficient, which areas I always completed and I was able to develop a handy dandy checklist. Now I’m never left floundering, wondering where I should go from here.
Here’s an example of my writing process:
- Write first chapter
- Write chapters 2 & 3
- Revise as necessary
- Write to the middle
- Revise (looking for story arc, plot, characterization, what makes the book special, habits, theme, a running joke that ties the story together.)
- Finish the book.
- Print off and revise.
- Send to CPs and Betas. Send exit survey.
- Send to editor.
- Do final edits.
- Make Final Copy.
- Make amazon, nook, smash, blank copy.
- Make Review copy.
- Make Contest copy.
I could go on and on, but that’s a good start. Do you use checklists in your writing?