Just for the heck of it, I thought I’d share the evolution of this book’s writing.
Phase one: inspiration, daydreaming, plotting
Phase two: outline short story (11,000 words)
Phase three: rough draft (40,000 words)
Phase four: major revision (80,000 words)
Phase five: details sweep (going back through the book and adding in details here or there, or cutting some, that I made note of during the most recent read through) (81,000 words)
[current] Phase six: pry apart (taking the book apart, scene by scene, discarding bad ones, adding missing ones)
Phase seven: technical sweep (having musician friends check some of the technical info)
Phase eight: lyrics sweep (since there are heaps of songs quoted from the band)
Phase nine: final look
Phase ten: proofreading (myself, and at least three others with some grammar skills)
Phase eleven: formatting and proof copy review
Phase twelve: publication!
And while it appears I am only halfway through the process, phase six is the last time consuming one. Everything afterwards will quickly run over a one to two week course of time, and a dream will finally come true as I get “Nobody’s Girl” to press!
What does YOUR process look like?