Stage One: Flirtation
Word Count: 1 – 10,000
Writing speed: 2,000 words per day
I've just started the novel, I've got new characters to get to know. The idea is so fantastic everyone will love this book.
Stage Two: Love
Word Count 10,000 – 15,000
Writing speed: 800 words per day.
The idea is so fantastic that I have to put careful thought into each word to make sure the concepts come out properly. My characters are perfect with just enough flaws to keep people interested.
Stage Three: Waking up.
Word Count 15,000 – 25,000
Writing speed: 800 words every other day.
The idea is alternately so stupid or so complex that I can't believe I thought I could write a novel around it. My characters are jerks no one can like them.
Stage Four: Hate (the longest)
Word Count: 25,000 – 35,000
Writing speed: You're kidding right?
How the hell am I going to tie all this stuff together? Why is my heroine yelling at me? Do I really need that side character, can't I kill them now?
Stage Five: When will it end?
Word Count: 35,000 – 50,000
Writing speed: 800 to 1,000 words per day
Just hit the plot points, fix it later. If the characters aren't witty and dynamic 100% of the time you can fix it later.
Stage Six: Man, that was easy
Word Count: 50,000 – the end.
Writing speed: 1,500 to 2,000 words a day.
I love how all the plot points come together. I want to sleep with my characters, regardless of gender. The plot was perfect for my skill level. I can't believe writing a novel is so easy.
Stage Seven: Postpartum Depression
Word Count: Done
Writing Speed: 0
It's over, but I love my characters. What will I do without them in my life? I loved every second of writing that book. Okay, not every second. Okay, not even most of the time, but when I did love it it was worth it.
Those are the Seven Stages I go through in writing a novel. How about you? What do you feel when writing.