Ten Stages of Writing

1. The Idea:  This is amazing, I can't believe it how good it is! It needs to be written!
2. Outlining:  No, wait. It's not working. It makes no sense. This sucks.
3. Final Outline:  This is amazing, I can't believe how good it is! I'm a genius!
4. First draft:  No, wait. It's not working. It makes no sense. This sucks.
5. The end of first draft:  This is amazing! I can't believe how good it is! I'm a genius!
6. First revision:  No, wait. It's not working. It makes no sense. This sucks.
7. Second revision:  This is amazing! I can't believe how good it is! I'm a genius!
8. Third revision:  No, wait. It's not working. It makes no sense. This sucks.
9. Fourth revision:  This is amazing! I can't believe how good it is! I'm a genius!
10. Fifth revision:  No, wait. It still sucks. But I need to let it be and move on to another idea.
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Real writers are those who reach the last step. You need to move on even if you think your work is not perfect. It will never be. That is ok. You need to move on to other ideas in order to keep writing.
~ J.F. Lion
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