The steps to writing a book include pre-writing, writing, revision, editing and publishing. While all writers have different processes, these general steps are almost always followed in order.
Pre-writing involves determining and structuring the book’s major ideas. This includes brainstorming ideas and determining how they work together, building on these ideas, and organizing them to create an outline for the work.
Writing is the most exhaustive step in the process. This involves actually completing the book’s manuscript in rough draft form. During this stage of the writing process, the writing does not have to be perfect. It’s more important to get ideas out and work through them.
After writing comes revision. This is a difficult step in which writers must reread their work and determine what sort of changes to make to it. Revision can involve adding, rewriting, removing or rearranging content within the book, often encompassing all of these processes.
After revision comes the editing stage. Once the book’s content is fully realized, it must be read through for clarity, grammar, spelling and factual inconsistencies. Unpublished authors may edit their own work or hire the services of an editor. Published authors are often provided editors by their publishers.
The final step in the writing process is publishing. For new writers, this may involve self-publishing or submitting manuscripts to publishers.