When I first started working on Goblin Stone, I had no idea what I was doing. It took me time to figure everything out, and I made many mistakes that cost me a lot of money. I turns out that publishing a book isn’t that difficult, it’s just a matter of knowing the steps involved in the process, and more importantly, the order in which to do them.
Step 1: Writing the Draft
This is the most obvious step, but it’s also one of the hardest. Writing for others is not the same as writing for yourself: you need to be extra clear in your explanations and make sure that you properly introduce all the mechanical terms, NPCs, places, and plot elements before you use them. Writing an adventure is even harder because you’ll need to organize your document in a clear and logical way, otherwise, DMs will spend too much time finding the information they’re looking for, nobody will have fun because of the waiting, and those bad reviews will quickly kill your book.
At this step, you shouldn’t waste your energy on polishing your writing. By the time you’re done with your first draft, you’ll probably have rewritten nearly every paragraph twice, and you’ll most likely make more changes after you show your draft to your friends and family.