A few weeks ago, my friend Jacqui asked about my favorite part of the writing process, a question that’s been floating around in the back of my mind ever since. This weekend, as I reviewed illustrations for one book (a merry-go-round ride) and worked on writing the middle of another book (a slow jog through deep mud), I finally came up with a ranking.
The Book-Creation Process, from Most Fun to Least Fun:
1. Receiving the printed books
2. Reviewing illustrations
3. Reviewing designs
4. Writing the first few chapters
6. Responding to copyediting
7. Writing the last chapter
8. Responding to substantive editing
10. Writing the middle
As you can see, the things that are the most fun involve watching other people take my ideas and turn them into something new and flashy and engaging. The things that are the least fun are the ones that involve high levels of focus and actual… ahem… work. But there are no illustrated, designed, and printed books with a hunk of blank pages in the middle, so — onwards!
What do you writers out there think of my list? What are your favorite and least favorite parts?