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How To Write A Novel: The Seven Stages of the Creative Process by Orna Ross

Orna Ross in discussion with three other members of The Alliance of Independent Authors,
Jessica Bell, Kevin Booth and Roz Morris

The Intention Phase: Knowing What You’re Saying
• Doh, c: Conception (Choosing)
• Ray, d: Incubation (Germinating)
• Mi, e: Investigation (Researching)
The Making Phase: Saying What You’re Saying
• Fah, f: Composition (Drafting)
• Soh, g: Amplification (Deepening)
The Revision Phase: Saying What You’re Really Saying
• Lah, a: Clarification (Editing)
• Ti, b: Completion (Finishing)
Publication
• Full Octave, abcdefga: (Gifting)

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This Post Has 15 Comments
  1. Nice write-up! Being able to write creatively is something not all of us are capable of. Count yourself blessed because you have a talent. Getting into the mood in writing does not have a set of rules to follow. ‘To each his own’ is what people say; however, a list of suggestions wouldn’t hurt.mood in writing

  2. I love to read novel books and I’ve enjoyed my free time with my book store. The Toreska Torres’s hugely popular novel Women’s Barracks conception and her some novel books is most knowledgeable to me. I am a writer and write my paper helps me a lot to write my books.

  3. After I edit my first draft, I upload it to Createspace and order some proofs. I carry my paperback around with me editing and proofreading it and usually give two other people a copy each so that they can do the same. That way I get the feel of what a reader sees in my book plus the input from two more readers.

    1. Jean, I do that – except I use Lulu because it works out even cheaper and the proofs come faster! But it’s a really good way to step away from the preconceptions about the book and see it without everything you remember, good or bad. – Roz

    2. It’s astonishing how different your words look between two covers. This is part of something we are trying to encourage writers to do, hold off the moment of publication until everything is as perfect as it’s possible to be. I reckon there is often a year between the day you think you’re finished and the day you’re actually finished. It’s something we indies need to talk about more.

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