Five phases of the process: preparation, incubation, insight, evaluation, and elaboration.

I thought of you when I read this quote from “The Writer’s Process: Getting Your Brain in Gear” by Anne Janzer – “

The chapter on creativity outlined five phases of the process: preparation, incubation, insight, evaluation, and elaboration. These phases line up well with the writing recipe.

Research is the “preparation” or immersion phase. Immerse yourself in the ideas.

Incubation is the process of thinking about what you have researched and coming up with your idea or angle. (Incubation returns, repeatedly, until publication.) If you’re lucky, you’ll experience an insight, either during incubation or when you are drafting in a state of flow.

Evaluation is the process of working with your ideas. This maps to the outlining/structuring phase of the writing process.

The elaboration phase extends through drafting and revision. Much of the hard work happens here.

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