Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Four Stages of Writing

Came across this cartoon on the internet and as it resonated deeply with me, I thought I'd share it with you:



If you'd seen my tweets, you'll know that yesterday I was very much in Stage One but I feel like I might be transitioning into Stage Two. 

What stage might you be in?  Here's hoping it's #3...

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  1. I think I'm in stage 2, coupled with complete laziness. I love the graphic; it's adorable and accurate :)

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  2. I'm coming down from three and heading to four...

    Fortunately, I know this happens with all my books, so I'm VERY hopeful that I will feel like it's less sucky sometime soon...

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    1. I think the shift from three to four is the hardest. Fight it, Jolene! You're a great writer!

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  3. BTW I love your Effigy "Promotional Graphic"

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    1. Thanks. I was going to very proudly tell you that I made it myself but then I realized that it says that right on the page.

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    1. That's too bad but I find that the four stages run in the circles so eventually, you'll get back to stages two and three again...

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  5. I'm clinging onto 3, trying to keep myself out of 4 ^^;

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    1. Good for you... don't go toward the light!

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    1. I could deal with setting up permanent residence in stage two. That wouldn't be bad at all.

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  7. I'm with Alex - I try to stay in the second stage but I tend to shuffle through them all. It depends on the hour, er, I mean day. :)

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    1. It's by the hour in this house. Makes me very fun to live with, I'm sure.

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  8. If there's a stage between 4 and 1, where you stare at nothing and think, "Wow, my writing really sucks," that's where I am. I vaguely remember being at stage 3 not TOO long ago.

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    1. Oh yes, I've been at that stage too.

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  9. Hahahaha! Thanks for the laugh. Writing is a roller coaster ride.

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    1. It's true, what you say, but strange because I really don't like roller coasters.

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  10. Ah-hahahahaha!!!!! This. Is. SO. TRUE.

    !!!!

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    1. I know. I could've created this myself. Only I would've had to use poorly drawn stick figures.

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  11. I hope you stay in stage three for weeks and weeks.

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  12. where is stage five? i've read it so many times i dont know what to think!
    may you have more stage 3 moments than stage 1!

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    1. That's true. That stage should definitely be included.

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  13. Lol - I was having this exact thought as I opened Google Reader - I'm on Stage 4 unfortunately, and I have no idea what comes after that...

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  14. Is it possible to be in all the stages (except perhaps 4) at the same time?

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  15. LOL. That's a great graphic. I think I'm in stage 4 and procrastinating writing anything these days--got to get out and at least return to 1.

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    1. Procrastination. That would be a great way to avoid stage four. I should look into that.

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  16. I'm at stage 2. I have moments of stage 3, but mostly I'm in stage 2.

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    1. I love those stage three moments. They're the best.

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    1. I imagine that's a good place to be.

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  18. Yes, great graphic. I relate mostly to the blue squares.

    Be well, MJ.
    xoRobyn

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  19. I think I'm transitioning into number four. Sigh...

    Yep, definitely four.

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  20. I perpetually live in stage 1 and 4. Sigh.

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  22. Spider-break was my favorite tweet. Happens to me more than I want to admit, but normally it's like this:
    *frazzled and sleepy Callie trudges into bathroom*
    *glances at giant spider in bathtub*
    *contemplates the effort required to capture and remove spider so as to not worry about it coming up the drain while showering*
    Callie: Eff it.
    *skips shower and washes face*
    *feels shitty all day*

    Love the graphic. I think I usually skip between Stage 1 and Stage 3, quickly and repeatedly.

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    1. Oh yeah, the spider in the shower thing. I've been there too. It's never pretty.

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  23. I'm at the "I could happily float between Stages 2 and 3 if only I could find time to get it all out on paper...Grr!" stage. ;)

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  24. I'm a bit abnormal (as you already can attest). I started in phase 3 -which I deemed the Ralphie from A Christmas Story writes his theme stage, and then jumped to stage 4 where I transition back and forth between it and stage 1.

    Glad to see you back at the blog!

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    1. Hahaha! I love that phase. A++++++++++++, Ava!

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  25. My favourite bit is missing ... the bit when you're so absorbed in the writing that you're not judging it at all, just doing it!

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    1. Yes, that part is nice. Very fleeting in my personal experience, but I do enjoy it when I can get it.

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