Comic: The Four Stages Of Writing

4 Stages Of Writing, by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

I’ll be attending the SCBWI conference in NYC at the end of the month — hope to see some of you there!


About Debbie Ohi

Debbie Ridpath Ohi writes and illustrates books for young people. Recent illustration projects for Simon & Schuster Children's include books by Judy Blume and Michael Ian Black. Her blog for children's book writers & illustrators: On Twitter: @inkyelbows


  1. says

    It’s just like the four stages of leaving a blog comment!

    1. I don’t have anything to say that hasn’t already been said–blog post is great.

    2. I might have something to add…maybe?

    3. Yes! I have created a brilliant response to the brilliant, wonderful post!

    4. I don’t have anything to say that hasn’t already been said–

    THE BLOG POST WAS GREAT! I love the cartoon. Spot on. =)

  2. says

    This comic rings true for me. Although the second “it sucks” usually comes when I get stuck, not when I read the final manuscript. Of course, that might be because I haven’t finished writing a novel yet.

  3. says

    Oh it’s so sad how true this is. At least we now know we’re not alone. Next time I go through the “This writing sucks” phase I’ll remember this comic ;)

  4. Karen says

    Good one Debbie. A good cartoon captures complex feelings and compresses them into a small space with a few lines and your drawings always do that. Love them!

  5. says

    A-ha-ha! This is SO true. Just when I think I’m on the right track and I’ve finally written something good, I pick up an amazing book…by someone else. And I think, This is so much better than my manuscript. I’ll never be this good.

    At least I know I’m not the only one! Thanks for making me laugh about it. :-)