We have gone through the Tools of writing and the Blueprints, now it’s time for the Nuts and Bolts.
Nuts and bolts you may ask? Well, quite frankly yes, nuts and bolts.
You didn’t think people just sat down at a computer and wrote perfect polished pieces, did you?
No, No, No. Like with everything else in life there is a method to this madness.
(look out, more bullet points, Ruv would be so proud)
- Use the tools- talent, drive, creativity etc.
- Make a blueprint- concept, characterization, planning etc.
- The nuts and bolts- the process of putting words on paper
What is the process of taking a raw idea and putting it on paper then polishing it until it shines?
- Rough Draft- writing the entire story, start to finish, paying no attention to anything but telling the story.
- Edit- take the Rough Draft and check for spelling and grammar errors, fix those.
- Edit again- read through the story out loud to see how it sounds.
- Revise- Make the changes you found in the last edit, filling plot holes, refining pacing, adding or subtracting descriptions, missed scenes etc.
- Edit- take this new draft and check your spelling, grammar, word usage etc. and fix them
- Edit again- read this new version again out loud to see how it reads.
- Revise- make necessary changes that reading aloud showed you.
take these steps over and over until you don’t find anything else to correct or change. Then do the next step.
- Peer Critique- let others read through it and give you their oppinion
- Edit and Revision- If their suggestions make sense make the change
- Peer Critique- let others read this newest version
- Edit- make one final read through going from the last line to the first, just to make sure you didn’t miss something. Read it aloud from start to finish one last time.
- Check formatting for any submissions criteria for publication you may decide to submit to. Or follow Agent guidelines for submission.
Woo, that’s a lot isn’t it?
Yeah, so now you can see the entire process for writing.
Well, I have given you the tools, the plan and the nuts and bolts.
I challenge any and all of you to write one story, of any length.
I want you to feel the joy and hard work it takes, I know there are some wonderful writers out there who just never thought of writing.
What kind of story are you going to write? I can’t wait to read them.