James M. Patrick

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Not What We Want, But What We Need to Hear

Over the past few days, there have been cries of unparalleled outrage from the Indie author and publishing community over an egregious Huffington Post blog article titled “Self-Publishing: An Insult To The Written Word.” If you have not had the chance to read the article yourself, I recommend you do so before reading the rest of this blog.

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The Writing Process
Final Draft

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After spending weeks, months and in some cases years, the entire writing process has finally reached the final stage. From pre-writing, to your working/first draft, onto your polished draft, to the heart retching editing/proofreading stage and you now have the final draft of your manuscript in your trembling hands. As you scroll through your manuscript, you may think that all of your work is complete, but in actuality, you have only reached the end of phase one, and are about to enter Phase Two. Don’t fall into a false sense of security, there is still more work to do.

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The Writing Process
Part 5
Editing and Proofreading

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Over the past few weeks, we have taken a close look at the full writing process. From prewriting (my personal favorite), to a working draft and finally a polished draft, it was all about creation and enjoyment. Before you can move onto the final draft and a publishable manuscript, it is time to discuss the most painful and least enjoyable step in the process. That’s right, editing and proofreading.

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The Writing Process
Part 4
Polished Draft

The Writing Process – The Polished Draft

In our previous post, we discussed the the working draft of your manuscript. This week we will be discussing the polished draft. This is not the final draft of your manuscript, as there are a few more steps to the progress before we get there. If you picture your first/working draft as a newly mined mineral, the polished draft is where it becomes a gem. That being said, let’s get started.

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The Writing Process
Part 3
Working Draft

Last week we explored the importance of prewriting in the writing process. Once you have completed that step, it is time to write. This week, we will take a look at how the first or working draft actually works. It is important to remember that no two writers have the same process or style, so there is no single catch all that works for all writers. So, what may work for me may not work for someone else. That being said, let’s take a look at how to take full advantage of your first draft.

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The Writing Process
Part 2
Prewriting

Prewriting

 

technology-1095751_640Last week, we discussed an overview of the complete writing process. Now that we all have a better understanding of the process as a whole, we can take an in-depth view of each stage. As I have said previously, no two writers have the same process or style, so there is no single catch all that works for everyone. So, what may work for me may not work for someone else. The process that I will be discussing is what works best for me. I hope that in the end, I will have given you ideas that can be incorporated into your writing process. That being said, let’s jump into the prewriting stage.

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The Writing Process

Most of us are able to think back to our early elementary school days when we were first introduced to the writing process. I am reminded of bubble diagrams, rough drafts with editing symbols that I can no longer recall, and using extra care and time to write as neat a final draft as I could. It was my first introduction to something that would become a lifetime passion.

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I’m Going to be Rich! Right?

Ah yes, the good old days. Like many of you, I can think back to the first time I picked up a pencil and decided that I was going to write a book. My head was filled with the visions of high profile book launches, book signings with lines out the door and hours long waiting times. As the words spilled from me into all those college ruled composition books, I could already hear my phone ringing with agents and publishers offering six figure deals, and film studios getting into bidding wars over who would earn the rights to make motion pictures out of my books. Money, fame, and a life of luxury were just waiting. All I had to do was write.

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