If you’re a writer, even a beginner writer, you’ve heard of the writing process.
Brainstorm, Research, Outline, Draft, Revise, Edit.
But, have you heard of the other writing processes? How about the one that goes Draft, Research, Revise, Edit? What about the one that goes Outline, Research, Draft, Edit, Revise?
All writers write differently. There is no one-size-fits-all way to write. This may come as a shock to you if you are an English major (like me) because you have the steps of the writing process drilled into your mind. However, you don’t have to just take my word for it. I interviewed 12 writers who all have different writing processes (you can view them here).
If you aren’t an outliner and just want to jump right into the story, go for it!
If you need to know every detail that’s going to happen in your book before drafting, do it!
If you want to start in the middle of your story instead of the beginning, start writing!
Whatever way is most comfortable for you to write the story that only you can tell, that’s your writing process. Writing is hard enough as it is, don’t make it more difficult for yourself by trying to follow someone else’s step-by-step plan.
You may to try a few different approaches until you find the one that’s best for you, and that’s fine. Take your time. Trust the processes.