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Friday, April 1, 2011

My A-Z of Writing Tips: An Amazingly Awesome Flowchart - How to Get Published

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I came across an AWESOME flowchart on Kate Hart's blog the other day, one I simply had to share with you. See, I'm doing the A-Z Challenge this month, and will be focusing on My A-Z of Writing Tips. And this flowchart says it so much better than I could!

It sets out the journey we writers go through, from asking ourselves whether our manuscript is finished, to deciding when we're ready to query, to the search for an agent, to going on submission to publishing houses. Follow through the questions, and hold your breath if you answer "No" to any of them, 'cause you might be sent back to get some more feedback, to get over yourself and go read, to revise again, or to write a new book!

Kate has kindly let me post the first part of the flowchart on Rach Writes..., so have a squiz, then click over to Kate's post and check out the whole thing.














How about you: Where are you at in your writing journey? Are you winging it, or have you set out to learn as much about the craft of writing as you can before you query?

45 comments:

Trisha said...

I'm a slight sucker for flow charts! Loved this. Thanks for sharing :D

Jennee said...

Great chart. I needed this reminder!

Charmaine Clancy said...

Love that chart. lol.

Wagging Tales - Blog for Writers

M.J. Fifield said...

All right, that flow chart is awesome.

Great first post!


M.J. Fifield
My Pet Blog

Grandpa said...

Hi Rach, it must be useful, but looking at it makes me feel tired.

My writing? For some strange reason I coaxed myself into joining the A-Z blogathon. Now I'm forced to write everyday!

Alison Stevens said...

I love it! Thanks for sharing. :) Now off to Kate's site to see the rest.

Holly Jones said...

This is a really useful flowchart. I think I shall print it out and stick it up near my writing desk :)

Holly ♥

damyantiwrites said...

Love the chart, great A2Z! will look forward to more!!

Madeleine said...

I love this idea. I'm slightly stalled at the moment and so I'm doing reading research in the meantime :O)

Stefanie J Pristavu said...

Not Querying yet - have to make something worth publishing first :) So I'm still learning the craft. I will be joining the band wagon pretty soon.

Sarah Ketley (constance) said...

I've seen this one before :-)

It's great isn't it. I LOVE flow charts (especially flow chart humor)

I had a great one called "the problem solving flow chart"

My favorite bit was:

"you poor bastard"
--> "Can you blame someone else"
----> NO PROBLEM!

see link here
http://www.microsquish.com/funstuff/graphics/problem.html

[CAUTION BAD LANGUAGE IN THE LINK :-)]


Sarah

Ellie said...

Flow charts. LOL. You've got to love them. Can't wait to the read more of your entries!

Ellie Garratt

Laura Pauling said...

I saw this and loved it. Every newbie should have it!

Sylvia van Bruggen said...

What a wonderful flowchart!!!!

Jules said...

Great chart because If I have a map I can go any where :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

welcome to my world of poetry said...

A wonderful start to the challenge, I have already had one book published and when I have the time hope to have my second one printed.
I enjoyed your post very much.
Good luck with the challenge.....will be back.

Yvonne.

Bish Denham said...

What's a flow chart? LOL. Onward with the Challenge!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'm working on my seventh book right now.

Rachel Morgan said...

That is a fabulous flowchart! I especially like the "Get over yourself and go read" bit ;-)

(Hmm.. seeing as it's now the 1st of April I should probably figure out what to post for A!)

Ella said...

Hi Rachael, Nice to meet you~ I love this flow chart; a lot of truth in the humorous quips. I look forward to more informative posts. Me, I am reading right now, processing which type of book I would like to write. I have only 5 ideas; I'm working on narrowing the focus ;-D !

Kari Marie said...

This really is awesome. I love a good chart. Thank you.

Michelle Merrill said...

That's awesome Rach. I love the 'get over yourself & go read.'

L.A. Colvin said...

Ohh pretty visuals. I love charts. I'm about to be buffin glike crazy to make it shiny.

Kate Hart said...

Thanks so much, Rach! :)

Dafeenah said...

That is exactly what I have been looking for. Thanks for sharing this! I can't wait to see what other great tips you have!

Stopping by from the Challenge!
Dafeenah

Kerri Cuev said...

That is a great flow chart. It's even pretty and color coated lol!

Clarissa Draper said...

How did I get to the wrong chart already!?

It's a really great way to look at it.

Ann said...

A very impressing flow chart. I am afraid maps do my head in. Can't make head nor tail of them. But there might be hope for a flow chart.

Scheherazade said...

Very funny! I'm a tech writer. Why didn't I think of that? Right now I'm editing my 500-page mainstream novel. The first 100 pages was OK. The second 100 pages is requiring some slash and burn. I just wish my life was less chaotic so I could focus all my energy on my book.

lesleylsmith said...

Rachael, I feel like I'm still all over the chart, working on various projects, querying and learning my craft.

Did you say where you are? If so, I must have missed it :)
Happy April Fools Day!

Alleged Author said...

Nice flow chart! I'm at the point where I need to end my dang novel and cannot think of a way to do it!

Donna Weaver said...

Came over for A to Z. Love your chart!

Name: Luana Krause said...

Love the chart. Looking forward to more writing tips!

Ghenet Myrthil said...

I saw this when Kate Hart originally posted it. LOVE it!

Also, that's great that you're using the A-Z challenge to share writing tips. Looking forward to them! :)

Angela Felsted said...

I like the line that says your first draft is perfect. Sob. Wish it were true.

Michael Di Gesu said...

I winged my first novel which I wrote in three months and I LEARNED so much editing said novel for eighteen months. Hmmmm. Maybe I should have waited... lol

K.V. Briar said...

Ha ha funny :)

I especially like the "get over yourself comment."

K.C. Woolf said...

Great start! I'm looking forward to reading what you have in store for the rest of the month! :-)

Cheree said...

Great chart. This is definitely something I needed.

baygirl32 said...

what a great chart!

J.L. Campbell said...

Cool chart. I particularly like the tip where it says to get over yourself. I'm at various stages with different projects, but mostly the part where the stuff needs another edit. :)

Marian Allen said...

Love the chart! Thanks for sharing it. :)

In my writing journey: I'm published, but I still get feedback, still take every opportunity to learn more about the art/craft/business. So glad to meet you!

Marian Allen
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

George said...
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Arlee Bird said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I went ahead and followed Kate's Blog as it looks like it has much to offer.

Nice start for the Challenge.


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Lee
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Adeeva Afsheen said...


Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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