A glimpse inside the writer’s life


Every so often, I like to give a glimpse into the life of a writer—or at least one specific writer (that being me). Every writer has a different process. Each of us approaches the work differently, from beginning to end. And often it changes from season to season in life. So here’s a quick look at what that looks like for me at the moment.

  1. Come up with a good idea. Or at least an Idea I think is good. Noodle around with it a little.
  2. Throw it all away. Because I realize it wasn’t that good.
  3. Play around in the proposal writing process. Working on samples, figuring out the idea and whatnot.
  4. Work through a different idea. Which works out to be blog content much of the time.
  5. See a book that might be similar that’s just been published. Panic.
  6. Temporarily shelve the project. Something more urgent came up, most likely work-related.
  7. Return to the idea. The project got finished and the other book wasn’t all that much like it after all, so no copying (yay!).
  8. Wait. Because waiting is a huge part of my process right now, and along with it comes much uncertainty about my ability to write well. Because all the evidence that would suggest my doubts are unfounded apparently isn’t enough for my fragile ego.

As you can probably guess, I’ve got some ideas floating around. I don’t know quite what they look like yet, but I’m at some stage in this process with several projects at the moment. One is between points two and three. Another is at points six and seven. Another still is at point eight. Another one… well, I’m not sure if it even fits the list well. (Not that this is an exhaustive or sequential list, of course…)

But anyway. There are plans afoot. And maybe I’ll even be able to share something about one of them in the near future. We’ll see.

Posted by Aaron Armstrong

Aaron is the author of several books for adults and children, as well as multiple documentaries and Bible studies. His latest book, I'm a Christian—Now What?: A Guide to Your New Life with Christ is available now.