People often ask me what it’s like to write a novel. Everyone I meet seems endlessly fascinated by the answers this question brings. There’s the logistic side of it, of course — the back-and-forth work with your editor and publisher, where the finished product is hammered out via collaboration.

And then there’s the actual writing part of it. This is the part people are most interested in, yet I always find it the hardest part to explain. This cheeky video, by my friend and fellow author James Andrew Wilson, sums up the emotions every writer goes through during each part of the writing process far better than I ever could.