Writing is Working in Stages

I’m so excited, the pictures (illustrations) are now complete.  I am starting the writing phase, I have about 7 pages written now.  I don’t usually have any problems writing a short story, but this time having the pictures there is slowing me down a little.  I don’t want the story to be centered around the pictures, I want the pictures to complement the story and work together to make a complete story.

I have not forgotten my drawing winners.  I will be taking the drawings to the printers in the next few weeks to get them printed and matted so I can get them mailed out to you.  What type of information to you want included with your picture?  I have only sent one picture through the mail like this before and I think I included a letter detailing the different things in the picture.  But these are so different than that other one.  There aren’t any hidden pictures or names or anything like that.  Please let me know if there is anything you want to know about your picture that I can include.

Okay, I have had so many people encouraging me throughout this process.  I can’t thank them all enough, but my heart has been blessed beyond measure with the kind words of encouragement that I have received since I started this project back in January.  I always wondered why it took some authors so long to get a new book out.  Now I know it is because it is a process that works in stages.  1. You have to have an idea. 2. You need a setting/plot/characters.  3.  You need time to write.  4.  You need to make yourself write. 5.  You need to be focused and let your imagination go wild. 6.  You need to take mental breaks.  7. You just need to put one word at a time down on the page.  8.  You need to keep on writing, you will eventually finish.  9.  You need to read and reread what you have written.  10. You need to have someone else read what you have written. 11.  You need to congratulate yourself for working on the process.  12. You finish the process.  13. You play the waiting game as you search for the perfect publisher. 14. You become a published author. 15. Hopefully you start the whole process over again skipping step 13 because you already have the perfect publisher.

I am in awe of the authors out there that have gone through these steps over and over again.  I find it amazing that some of the most well known, well liked, and multi-published authors feel the same anxiety on their 10th book as they felt on their 1st.  I have been following a lot of authors on Facebook and in a variety of blogs.  The ability to sort of meet an author now days is so much different than when I was a child.  It’s more personal and less mysterious. I remember in 5-7 grades my favorite author Carolyn Keen (Nancy Drew) was one of my favorites.  I was so disappointed when I found out that she wasn’t Carolyn Keen but a whole bunch of writers using one name.  She got knocked off her pedestal. I quit reading her for a while because I was mad, but that didn’t last long, since I couldn’t tell the difference between writers, I consoled myself with the fact that Nancy was still the same no matter who wrote about her.  I guess what I am fumbling around in a discombobulated way trying to say is.  My hats off to all the authors that stuck it out.  Especially those that write using several different pen names. I don’t know how you do it, but thank you for taking that adventure.

Okay, I have procrastinated enough.  Time to get back to either writing a little more of my story or to go to sleep.  I think tonight (12:34 am EST) the sleep is going to win and I will procrastinate for a little longer.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barbara Franken
    Jul 03, 2015 @ 01:39:38

    well done and step by step and keep at it… Barbara x



  2. appliedfaithorg
    Jul 03, 2015 @ 01:06:24

    Sleep well… writing will come.



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