Author Debra Young recommended a YouTube series featuring Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler writing a short story from premise to publication in 17 two-hour videos: Inside Creative Writing. At first, the idea of the videos seemed too horrific to contemplate. Much of writing is cerebral, especially in story development; much of it is struggling with your feet encased in blocks of concrete as you work out motivation, themes, and transitions; much of it is edits, proofing and revisions—deleting pages, adding scenes, restructuring sentences and paragraphs, taking out commas, fine-tuning a single word at a time. Observing that process in my own writing ranges from painful flailing to watching paint dry.
Yet there is something both illuminating and instructive in watching Butler work. Check it out on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTCv6n1whoI23GmdBZienRW0Q0nFCU_ay. If nothing else, you will truly appreciate both the magic and hard work it takes to write a story.