Every so often on Facebook I see someone else's clever depiction of the writing process. For example this one:
Or this one:
Or even this one:
Today I thought I'd add my own two cents to the conversation on process by drawing my own chart. A few notes about this: 1) My writing process is influenced by my time spent as a college instructor of writing; 2) The process described applies well to full-length books, essays, and short stories but does not reflect my approach to writing poems, which consists primarily of vomiting words onto paper in a fit of inspiration/emotion, tinkering with them for an hour or two, and then calling it good; 3) Unfortunately I'm more a verbal than visual artist, so my chart consists mainly of words in boxes, but I did use some pretty colors. Oh yes, and I also provided a visual representation of my emotional state(s) during each phase of my writing process. Please to enjoy:
What are the stages of your writing process?