What It’s Like To Write A Book – A Story in GIFs

I occasionally get asked for publishing advice, and one of the more common questions is how to write a book. Since I’m currently in the process of writing my 6th novel in the H&W Investigations series, I thought it might be fun to give you an idea of what my writing process is like.

First, I have to come up with the basic plot because my editor tells me I need to before I get a contract for a book I haven’t written.

I Am Pretending To Write Something Down
I Am Pretending To Write Something Down

Next, I have to figure out how I want the story to start. This is not as easy as it sounds.

Time To Be Sexy
Time To Be Sexy

Once I know how the story starts, I figure out how I want it to end.

Evil Plotting In Progress
Evil Plotting In Progress

After I have an ending, I start filling in the steps that lead from Point A (beginning) to Point B (ending).

Hmmm
Hmmm

Inspiration strikes.

Mind = Blown
Mind = Blown

Then I start writing the story.

So It Begins
So It Begins

After a while, I think I’ve written a good chunk and take a break to work on other projects (read: spend an inordinate amount of time on Twitter or playing Plants vs. Zombies).

Busy Doing Nothing
Busy Doing Nothing

 Oh, yeah. I have a deadline. Better do some more work on this, I guess.

But It's Haaaard
But It’s Haaaard

Awesome, unexpected idea strikes. Must add that in.

Unexpected Idea Is Unexpected
Unexpected Idea Is Unexpected

Trouble in paradise. I’ll just skip that troublesome scene/plot point that doesn’t want to resolve for the time being and come back to it later.

Nope
Nope

Man, this is good shit. Can’t stop now.

Gotta Meet My Deadline
Gotta Meet My Deadline

Okay, making good progress. Looks like I’ll make the deadline, no problem. I’ll have the time and energy to write some of that story while I’m traveling to/from that convention coming up and can take a break to think about those tricky plot points that sounded so good in my outline but were like pulling teeth to get on paper.

Genius
Genius

Oh, shit! The deadline is looming and I am nowhere near done.

I Laugh In the Face of Danger
I Laugh In the Face of Danger

AUGH. The book is due in a month and my betas/agent haven’t read it yet!

Type Type Type
Type Type Type

Why does everyone want to talk to me when I have this deadline oh no email no bad inbox bad, bad, BAD.

Got Stuff To Do
Got Stuff To Do

That plot point isn’t resolved, oh god, deadline, betas, no, no, no, THIS IS NOT HAPPENING.

I Don't Know What To Do
I Don’t Know What To Do

MY WORDS. THEY ARE AWFUL. WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF, WHYYYYY.

I Can't Do It
I Can’t Do It

Betas hate so much, oh god, no time to do a full rewrite, oh god, agent doesn’t like that scene, due in 2 days, oh god, oh god, oh god…

Angst
Angst

Wait. WAIT. I’ve got things under control. This isn’t as bad as I thought. I GOT THIS.

Like A Boss
Like A Boss

Holy crap, I finished!

Heck Yes
Heck Yes

Done. Done. DONE! To the editor! Awaaaay!

Damn I'm Good
Damn I’m Good

And that’s how I write a book. Haven’t read my work yet? Find my stuff here.

(Note: I found about 80% of these GIFs on Life In Publishing. If you’re not following it, you should be.)

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4 Responses to What It’s Like To Write A Book – A Story in GIFs

  1. heehee, this was fabulous! Love the cat pushing the cart. I feel like that myself most days

  2. Jess_Haines says:

    LOL, thanks guys. Glad you got a laugh out of it. *g*
    <3,
    -J

  3. Casey says:

    LOVE this! That’s basically how I feel about every project ever. :D

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