Writer’s flowchart

I use flowcharts from time to time as part of my job. Here is my idea of what a writer’s flowchart would look like.

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About P.A.Baines

P.A.Baines writes computer programs for a living but would much rather be writing Christian speculative fiction, which he does whenever he gets the opportunity. Educated in Africa, he is studying towards a degree in Creative Writing through Buckinghamshire New University in England. He enjoys asking "what if?" but is tired of how speculative fiction deals with religion in general and the God of the Bible in particular. His stories are for Christians who enjoy science fiction but who normally avoid the genre because of its tendency towards an atheistic world-view. His aim is to write entertaining and thought-provoking stories that stretch the imagination, but which keep God in His rightful place as Lord over all creation. P.A.Baines is British but currently lives in a small corner of the Netherlands with his wife and two children and various wildlife. He spends what little spare time he has keeping fit, watching films, and playing computer games with his children. He does most of his reading via audio books, which he listens to while commuting to and from work on his trusty bicycle. He speaks reasonable Dutch and is in the process of learning French.

9 comments on “Writer’s flowchart

  1. Looks pretty good and definitely applicable. Though I didn’t see the whole “get feedback” process… that can be a major stage sometimes in my journey.

    • The feeback bits are in the decision diamonds. You could say “Good feedback?” or “Did they/you like it?” or something like that.
      I’m big on feeback too. My poor family usually gets dragged through every draft.

  2. This is hilarious! You got me chuckling, and craving donuts. Nice job, P A.

    • There are not many problems in life that can’t be overcome with a good dose of prayer and donuts ;-). Sadly I’m not allowed to indulge in the spongy nectar as much as I would like (I think the last one was a year ago). “Prayer & celery” would have been a healthier choice but celery has been proven in scientific studies to have no humorous value at all.

  3. Haha, I love this. (x Thankfully I haven’t even made it to the feedback section yet. I’m secretly dreading it.

  4. Excellent, Paul! For me, if I reach the “Any Energy Left?” and answer “no”, my decision diamond goes to “Get a bottle of Mt. Dew” and head back to “Revisions.” 🙂

    Thanks for the flowchart! As both an aspiring author and computer scientist, this was spot-on and highly amusing.

    • Hi Kenneth. Glad you liked it.

      Good idea with the Mt. Dew. Maybe replace “Any Energy Left?” with “Any Mt. Dew Left?” which implies that you’ve run out of energy…

      • That works for me! 🙂

        On a slightly different subject, any idea how to edit a post afterward? I just noticed a typo in mine. Where is reads “high amusing”, it should read “highly amusing.” “High amusing” would imply something a tad bit different than intended. :0

      • Not sure if there’s a way you can edit a comment on someone else’s post, but the original poster can. Changed to “highly” :-).

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