It depends if I have a clear idea in my head, or if I am starting from scratch. Normally it takes a vivid image or scenario to spark off my creative flow, and once I have this I can often write for hours on end.
I find with novel writing planning is essential. If I don't have a plan I can get so far, but I do inevitably get stuck at a certain point. I think it's important to have an idea of the ending and how to get there, because then you know where you're going with it.
I don't always start at the beginning. I see writing as a jigsaw. I write the various episodes that take place in the novel and then put them together, filling any gaps. Whenever I have an idea I jot it down as soon as I can while it's still fresh in my mind. If it's not a convenient moment I note down the basics, and aim to write it down in more detail at the next available moment.
Depends. Can be that I have to write about something, that I have an urge to deal with certain subject, something is an image from a dream, or its plot, or its sensation. Or can be something that appears suddenly in my mind, depends of the genre, the occasion. Sometimes you write first in your head. Sometimes what counts is the rhythm of the physical act of writing, etc.
Most often my process begins with a single word and then I take it for a walk, literally. I love to walk my way into a story or a poem or a class idea.
From my gut. I literally just have something hit me, and then I write on it. Sometimes I will research to get some points across, but more often than not, specifically for my current position, when something hits me that affects my judgment, I tend to take that topci and write on it shortly, if not, immediately thereafter.
I write my poetry spontaneously. It starts with an idea and then the poetry comes gushing out almost faster than I can write.
I like quiet places. I've been known to take my laptop to the park, on a trail, or to the library. If I'm at home I always pour myself a glass of red wine, and I listen to jazz. My favorite jazz artist to listen to, when I write, is George Howard.
When I'm working on a novel and well into the story, the creative process consumes me. I live and breath the story. Poetry occasionally flows faster than I can type -- but the operative word there is "occasionally."
Like many writers I struggle more with limiting my focus than with writer's block. I'm overwhelmed by too many ideas far more often than staring at a blank screen or a blank piece of paper with nothing to write.
I thrive on the re-writing, editing process more than on the first draft. Perhaps it's the poet in me, but polishing the language and honing the craft brings a thrill I rarely feel as I hammer out a first draft. Yet, paradoxically, some of my best poetry is raw, and every effort to polish the language strips it of something vital. So I have learned to trust my instincts and not tamper much when something has spilled onto paper with a vitality all its own.
I meditate. Know and write. The process is near addictive.
I am a pro and my writing is not creative.
i can look at anything and most of the time things just come to me. like, i can sit in the car and look out the window and a whole plot can come to my mind. i dont often plan to write, i just do it. i like the idea of not knowing myself where the story is going to go. it just makes it more interesting.
I write when compelled to, either by inspiration or necessity.
I write best when I am emotionally involved in the story, so I wait until I feel really stirred up, then start writing. Most of my writing is based on personal experience, so I can draw on those feelings and let the content bubble up.
Before I write, I usually wear something comfortable, turn on calm music, and make sure my surroundings are tidy. These things help me to write and concentrate.
Other writers will hate me for this, but there is NO creative process for me.
I sit down either with a pen and paper, or at a keyboard and computer and start typing. It's not automatic writing as such.... an idea will pop into my head and I run with it.
What happens before I sit down to write - whatever it is that I am doing. I can switch gears from writing a letter to doing work to writing a short story simply by setting a time limit for me to begin or end things. Of course, if I am on a roll when writing, I will continue past a self-imposed deadline.
I often will write a comedic story for 30 minutes, switch to my blog for 30 minutes, do writing for work for an hour, write a letter, and then write a comic book story. I switch off and on with ease.
I pull up a chair to sit on.
When I sit down to write now, I do an outline, a sort of brief scene by scene breakdown of the important things that have to happen in each scene, and make sure I've ordered my scenes in a logical progression.