Last week, one our readers asked us to expand on the writing process, from concept to completion and marketing of. I've spent some time thinking about.
From the original idea (like the one rolling around in my head about the brothers at odds over the woman who is willing to kill them both), to research (studying the concept of a woman hit-man in the 19th century), to plotting (figuring out the major plot points of the book), to the first draft (pure writing evil in itself), to the edits (happy days!), to the submission to agent (no pressure), to the proposals sent to publishers (equally no pressure), to a contract, a marketing plan, and other pending deadlines.
3. Ignore all housework
This includes laundry, cleaning bathrooms, and sometimes showering.
4. Wear your lucky shoes--or find your muse
Your muse is that something that inspires your creative juices. For some it's their pet, others it's chocolate, for myself, it's red shoes. Or red. Red makes me happy. It's the color of blood. I write historical suspense. Deal.
5. Find a picture of your hero...and stare for a long time
You need to know your hero. Connect with their eyes. You will feel what your heroine feels. Then hopefully you have someone scheduled to check in on you so they can wake you up from your hard swoon.
6. Find your personality
Spend hours uncovering your character's inner personality--starting with comparisons to mythic models like Zeus or Hercules or Thor. You know them. The wimpy types.
7. Shrewdly consider the fact that now is the time for more coffee
If you've only had 3 cups you're well below the functional level. Drink up, baby.
8. Have a chocolate break
... and take some time to read the creative genius of other authors and realize how horrible your writing is and question why your agent ever signed you in the first place
9. Call one of your besties
You know the one. She works from home (very hard btw) and never sleeps, knows everything and is great at keeping you from committing literary suicide.
10. Waste time loading selfies on Facebook
Because we all need time to ourselves right?
And that my friends, is how you write a book. That is all the behind the scenes, real life events that occur...from conception to completion, in 10 easy steps.