Step 1: Research
Step 2: Extract and Outline
I will come to you or we will go away together for a few days [sounds romantic doesn’t it?]. This is an intense period of examination. What do you know? What events have formed your knowledge? What is the context of your life that would bring you to where you are now? Who are the characters in this story? We will examine the various levels of both the story and your core message. The extraction period is critical. It will set the stage for the rest of the process.
Step 3: Interviews
Now I’m ready to write, but we need to keep digging deeper so we can share your best knowledge with your audience. We must skim cliché off the surface to uncover your compelling vision. Your unique message comes from the stories you’ve lived and witnessed. The interview period provides space to find your truth. These conversations will add texture to my understanding, which ensures we create a unique product with a unique message.
Step 4: Drafting
Step 5: Reader Feedback
Step 6: Rewriting and Editing
“Books aren’t written – they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.” ~ Michael Crichton