It’s over. We’ve reached the last step of the writing process: publishing. Simple, right? Just click Publish and you’re done.
Not quite. After tackling prewriting, drafting, revising and editing, there’s still work to do. Depending on your project, some of these questions may answer themselves, or you may have some more thinking to do.
What medium will you use to publish?
Do you need to add pictures, quotes or other visual elements to strengthen your written work?
If sourced, do you have permission to use those visual elements? (i.e. Don’t steal people’s pictures, even online!)
Have you thoroughly completed steps 1-4?
Are you ready for the world to see your work?
The last question can be an oxymoron. Some people are never ready for the world to see their work, but you do have to publish sometime. You can produce the best writing in the world, but if no one reads it, what’s the point? (This is presuming that you want people to read your work, of course.)
After completing the five steps of the writing process, you’ll begin to understand. The writing process isn’t linear and never truly ends. It’s cyclical at best, and sometimes resembles a drunken, disoriented party-goer. Don’t be discouraged.
The trick is to follow the rules until you learn how to break them.
The real trick is learning which rules to follow and which rules to break. It’s different for everyone. Once you figure that out, then you’ll discover how powerful the written word can be.
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Publish Your Comments
What publishing advice would you offer fellow writers?
Are you a “publish or perish” disciple or would you rather take more time?
Whatever your medium, do you have recommendations (i.e. blog services, book publishers, agents)?
What would you add to this series on the writing process?
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