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The Writing Process

by Zena Shapter (writing at zenashapter.com)

The writing process is how a writer (consciously or subconsciously) sets about writing what they do. Every writer has their own process, and I’ve talked before about the similarities and differences between writing as a pantser or as a planner (see here). Still, while I was teaching one of my recent Writing Safaris, a student was amazed at the amount of research, thought and planning I do before I write. For me, it’s a no-brainer because I don’t want to waste my readers’ time or mine. When I write something, I want it to be good – for myself as well as others.

So when the lovely Simon & Schuster author Jenn J McLeod approached me recently with the idea of joining The Writing Process Blog Hop, of course I said ‘yes’. Last year I spent a great deal of time and effort exploring where writers write – so why not now explore how writers write? It might be quite revealing!

The idea is that every author in this blog hop answers the same four questions, then points you towards four other authors doing the same. So… let’s do it! Here are my four answers…

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