10 Stages Of Writing A Book

10 stages to writing a book

I haven’t made a specific announcement that I’ve been writing a book. I know my tagline is Something to read as I work on my next novel. It alludes to the fact that I’m writing a book.

Anyhow. I, Rebekah Koontz, have written a book.

*shrieks and squeals, and is an all-round thirteen-year-old at a Justin Bieber concert*

Just DO It!

Who said this? Nike?

It’s so true. When it comes to life, and you don’t know what to do, chances are, you know what you should do. So what do you do then?

I lost you, didn’t I.

Last Sunday, my pastor was talking about “how do you live a life for Christ?” And it’s this easy: if you know what you should do, do it.

Things will go wrong. Expect it.

The second I finished my first draft, things have gone wrong.

First and foremost, of course, I realized my first draft is crap. (And I don’t use that word often. There’s just no better way to describe it.) So that was lame. . And then. What else? Oh yeah. I stepped on my reading glasses. Wearing shoes, obviously. They were tangled up in the cord of my keyboard pedal and I hadn’t noticed they’d fallen until I heard a crack under my converse shoe.

Now they tilt awkwardly to one side, since the part that broke off is the ear-hooky thing. I hadn’t realized how much I rely on them until this experience. My eyes have been straining so bad. I think I’m developing wrinkles between my eyebrows. So. The solution to this problem, since I rather look stupid than ugly, is that I’ve used a hair tie to kind of hold the hook thing to my glasses. It weighs it down so at least now it doesn’t tilt.

*sigh* I am reaching the end of my productive rope. .

I’ll just come clean with the fact that I’ve done next to no work these past couple weeks.

Okay. I’ve reached the end of my productive rope.

I’m sure sometime somewhere, some uber helpful writer said with conviction how you need to just sit down and write, ignore your emotions, bank them away for a later story, and just write. Well. I’ve written. Kinda don’t know where to go from here. .

I get e-mails from the Writer’s Digest Site. They cram up my inbox just ’cause instead of deleting them, I’m one to say “oh I’ll read that later“. Anyway, I searched the site and actually found really helpful articles on revising work. The best advice was “kill your darlings”, as in don’t get too attached to any one scene, if it doesn’t work in the story as a whole, X it.

So. While the rest of my life crumbles to pieces (um, literally), I shall go on with the theme and “kill my darlings”.

It’s getting gruesome over here in the writing world.

When you’re done with your first draft

Today, I finished what I guess would be my first draft of my novel. It’s a strange feeling, finishing a first draft. Mine’s only 155 pages, so I can almost visibly see how much work I still need to do to get it into shape.

It’s a very “ugggh” feeling. The kind you get when you’ve drank too much milk and have one cookie left.

But still. Even if your first draft is – non argumentally – poo (I know “crap” would work better in that sentence, but, I don’t know, my mom never liked that word so I’ve never used it. X-) Hey, don’t judge. At least I always have a place to stay.) you should still celebrate once you’ve finished your first draft.

Look back at all the pages you’ve written and slap yourself. Say, “gosh, I’ve actually done all that work. I’ve actually written all these pages. And they’re all mine. They’re all unique, never-before-seen. My work.”

Which is exactly what I’m telling myself. Sure, it needs A LOT of work yet. But I’ve gone farther than many aspiring writers. And you can too. And soon *fist in the air* we shall be published!

In the meantime, I’m still published on my blogs. . That counts. . right? X->