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My own process for writing fiction:
Remember that this is just analyzing what I do.
It will not work for everyone.



Planning - I start with an idea or interesting character.  I
decide the tone of the story, the environment, and what my main
character's strengths and weaknesses are.  I decide the overall
plot line and sometimes specific scenes and/or subplots.  If the
story is going to be a long one, I may jot down a loose outline.
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Incubating - I leave it on the mental shelf for a short time as
plausible details and conflicts emerge from my subconscious.
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Preparing - I will sometimes sketch maps of my fictional world
and lay out guidelines for special belief systems and/or powers. 
If my characters have knowledge in an area I don't, I often start
to study that subject.   |
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Writing - I write my story's begining and try to set the tone for
the rest of the piece.   |  
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 +---Incubating - After I hit a slow spot in my 
 |   inspiration, I take anywhere from fifteen      <------+
 |   minutes to a couple of days to consider where         |
 |   my story is going.  I will sometimes do extra         |
 |   studying for a more believable story.                 |
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 +-->Revising - I reread what I wrote before,              |
 +---sometimes revising as I go.                           |
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 +-->Writing - I start writing again until I get stuck.  ---
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                    "First" Draft
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 +---Shelving - I will give the draft to a friend for  <---
 |   a review and/or put it aside for at least a week.    |
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 +-->Revising - I will make any changes I feel necessary.--
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                     Final Draft
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                         V
               Editing and proofreading
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                         V
  Print out finished manuscript and submit it to publisher.

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