So, you're a writer... That's cool! (But not in the way everyone thinks it is.) You go through a mind-boggling cycle nearly everyday of your life & not many people will have the ability to understand what goes on inside of your lovely little head and how your writing-life really works. Read this post and share it with your non-writer friends, and perhaps they will catch a glimpse of the way your brain works...
It's a red-letter day. The muse is with you! You'd better drop everything & write your idea down in your journal, or you'll lose it. Try not to scare the neighbors.
Come on... Give yourself a little credit. You came up with this plan. All on your own! I'll bet no one has ever thought of your totally unique plot before. Pat yourself on the back.
Oh, yeah... It's all coming together.
You Run Full-Force with the Idea
You dedicate every spare moment to the writing of this exceptional tale. Who needs sleep?? Sleep is for the weak.
You Suffer the Blank Stare
Disaster strikes!! All of those all-nighters finally catch up with you & all of the spark disappears. Don't panic... There's always places to find fuel for the fire.
You Search for Inspiration on the Internet
Pinterest is your right-hand minion in the creative process now. SO MANY IDEAS. But before you know it...
This Becomes a Distraction
Those few minutes of mindlessly scrolling turn into hours. Soon, you are on YouTube, Twitter, & Instagram, only TALKING about writing.
Leading to Denial
Nope. Nope. Nope. It's just a short break... No worries.
You Remember Your Original Idea
Wait... You had a point to all of this. Remember?
You Get Your Head Back in the Game
Put on those headphones with inspirational music and you are good to go. Pour those emotions into that story! Just don't accidentally type out the song lyrics.
Your Brain Makes a Plot Twist
You didn't see that one coming... AND YOU ARE THE WRITER. This is going to blow the reader's minds.
You Fangirl Over Your Own Writing
You are a genius and you totally know it. You talk about your characters like they are real people and are dying to be able to see people's faces when they read your story.
You Envision the Day That Your Book is Famous
Fame, Book-Signings, the Best-Seller's List... It's all so close, you can almost taste it.
Your Characters Misbehave
Aaaannndddd... "Character A" decides to act entirely out-of-character for 8 chapters before you realize it, and you can feel your dreams slipping away.
You Know Your Writing Is Terrible
It's all little more than a fire-hazard now. All of that time was a waste and you hate the very idea of writing. You begin to look at other future employment options.
You Search for Support & Comfort
You eat some ice-cream with your family and friends & discover that a daily nap time is good for the mind, body, and soul. An encouraging word from a fellow writer-friend is always nice too.
You Muddle Through This Phase
You slowly start to crawl out of the pit of despair and realize that your writing is not THAT bad. You might just pick it back up.
You Edit and Revise
Okay, the basic idea for your book wasn't that bad, but it still needs some work. You have some major editing sessions, but still try to keep your expectations low.
You Behold Your Creation
You are suddenly finished. After endless sweat, stress, and tears, you have produced a work of art that you are glad to call your own.
Okay... That was fun! Did I get all of these right? Which ones did I miss? What stage are you at right now? Comment down below & let me know!