There is no one way to write a book. Anyone who tells you otherwise is simply wrong. Every single writer has their own process, their own way to organize, their own way to lay the path for their characters, their own weapons to battle writer’s block, to get into the zone.
I always caution clients on taking advice when it comes to the process itself as that’s something you really need to experiment with until you find a process that works for you. I do talk a bit about process when I’m coaching, but I always make sure to tell my clients not to put too much stock in what I say in this regard. Not everyone likes to get up and write at 5 a.m. like I do, for example.
All you need to worry about, in terms of process, is finding what keeps you writing, and what keeps you writing well. I can’t stress that enough. You have to write every day, or at least try to write every day. That’s the ONLY way to avoid getting rusty.
But, every now and then, we look for help in shaping our process. There are times when what has worked before simply stops working. We’ve all been there. At those times, I DO like to seek the advice of others, especially successful writers. That’s the beauty of writing, whatever point you’re at in your process, every single writer in the history of literature has been there before as well.
And all writers have an opinion.
I could give my thoughts on my process, but I thought it might be better to pick the brain of someone just slightly more successful, one of my favorite writers of all time…the great F. Scott Fitzgerald. Take a look at the link below to see how a true genius handles the fiction process: