How To Determine Your Individual Writing Process

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One of the problems a writer faces on a daily basis is distractions.

Everywhere you turn it seems writers are saying, “This writing process worked for me, so it’ll work for you too.”

But it doesn’t work for you. So you’re left wondering what you did wrong.

It worked for them, so it should’ve worked for you too. Right?


Everybody’s minds process things differently. Everybody’s schedules and goals are different.

We’re all individuals living our own lives, and no matter how hard you try, you can’t duplicate someone else’s success.

Granted, you may get bits and pieces of their process to work, but what works for you will never be the same as for someone else.

Never let anyone tell you there’s only one way of doing something.

Always trust your instincts and do what makes you comfortable. The only way to determine your own writing process is through experimentation.

Here’s some tips below to help you get started.

Play around with your schedule until you find the right combination of elements that make you the most efficient writer you can be.

  • When are you the most productive—morning, afternoon, or night?
  • Where are you the most productive—a noisy environment or a quiet one?
  • Do deadlines push you to work harder or do you work better without them?
  • What’s your daily goal—a certain number of words, hours, or pages?
  • Do you focus better working long stretches of time or do you need to break it up into smaller pieces?
  • Do you have a set writing time every day or do you write whenever you happen to get the chance?

Try writing your draft in different ways until you find what works for you.

  • Do you research in advance or do it as you need to?
  • How do you plan your story? Do you plot or play it by ear?
  • Do you write your book straight through or do you have to jump around from scene to scene doing whatever inspires you the most at that moment?
  • Do you write your first draft as fully layered as possible or do you write all the dialogue or description first and fill in whatever’s left later? How about telling versus showing?
  • Do you edit as you go or freewrite?
  • Do you work on one project or multiple?

Revise in a way that makes you the most comfortable.

  • Do you do a read through first or do you jump straight into revising?
  • Do you fix from the top level down or do you fix things as you come upon them?
  • Do you rely only on the advice of those who read your genre, or do you take any help you can get?

These are just a handful of ways your process might end up different from another’s.

Always do what’s right for you and never let anyone tell you otherwise.

Be an individual and remember: life is experimentation.




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Renea strives to help writers develop the focus and skills they need to finish their first novel, offering writers practical writing advice they can apply one step at a time.

She is the author of Conquering Writing Pressures: Living a Balanced Writing Life in a Busy World where she helps writers find the courage to accept life will never be perfect. And if we want our dreams to succeed, we must fight to make them a reality.

She currently lives in St. Joseph, Missouri, with her husband Joe, her three children, and her five lovable furballs.

From a young age, Renea was mad for books and reading, and especially loved Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, which she read in the ninth grade.

She is an avid reader, with her main interests residing in history, mythology, and fantasy, along with some romance and science fiction in her earlier years.

When Renea’s not writing, she enjoys genealogy, role-playing games, and dreams of traveling the world. In a past life, she plucked chickens and milked cows.

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