I just write what comes into my head.
I often go back and "tweek" or "sub" what I write, but most of my fanzine articles and blogs start life as a "rant" and I like to keep them as raw as possible and often change very little.
I often come up with ideas for writing while driving. My picture book manuscripts often start out with a catchy title that pops in my head. They are often inspired from my daily life with three little ones at home.
Writing is a discipline. Though every book needs to be researched to some extent, I think some are easier to write than others. By making myself sit down daily to write, my novel took about four years to write. There were some days that writing came easier, but it's important to position oneself to do it. A quiet private setting with the least amount of potential interruption will produce the best result.
I plan articles and pictures to go with them in my head prior to sitting down to write them. Everything I see and do has the potential of being included in an article for the examiner or part of my personal blog.
Hmmm.... I don't know, sometimes I just do something random, and BOOM! Idea strucked. I really don't know, ideas always come at random times.
I go for walks, but avoid roads since i get into a translike states at times
Mostly, I write in the same place, around the same time of day, five days a week.
75% of what I write is already churning around in my head. If Iím near my computer and a good idea comes to me, I write it down immediately. If Iím nowhere near my computer and only able to jot down ideas, I write myself notes.
Writing starts when a book, song or movie intrigues you and makes you think. That's when it starts really, you just don't know it. To have a paper and pen in hand and force yourself is just death to me, it just kills any creativity. To think about things while doing laundry or housework or any boring job that uses your body and not your mind can really get me going, 'cause it starts me to daydream.
Sometimes, all it takes to get me writing is by saying a word. Like just last night, I was arguing with myself, and myself came up with a grand Idea that I just had to use.
Usually I enjoy writing the most when I first wake up. My mind is either free and clear or still boggles, either one makes for great expression whatever your medium. Therefore my must haves are hot chocolate and cig's.
I follow one of two methods. While I would enjoy writing more concerning current events, most of my material centers on themes of recent study or interest. This is the first method. It involves reading books, magazines, watching documentaries, video clips and articles from newspapers and blogs.
The second method, which happens to be much more embarrassing, involves good music, imported beer, a pack of clove cigarettes and a general interest in pounding away at the keys.
Usually I will think of a myriad of things I must do (like this questionnaire!) before I can give myself permission to do what I really want - write. I always struggle to engage but once I do often lose all sense of time and become lost in the story. When I become too tired to do more I feel the most tremendous sense of satisfaction. I am happy when I'm writing and a day when I can't is not a good day. Writing for me is bliss.
I just come up with a scene, or a description or a line that one of the characters speaks, and I build around that. I haven't done things any other way.
Well, I have to have my coffee first -- that's the most important part. Brain still fuzzy, I make my way to my computer and start up my email. While that's loading, I open my current document then the internet. Some people say they have to write before they go surfing the Net but I find that it helps me get into the mood. I check my submissions, my emails and then peruse the Backspace discussion forums. Then, I click over to my document and scroll up just enough to see the end of what I wrote the day before. I stare at the blinking cursor and allow my characters to speak to me.
Before sitting down to write, I've usually read some article or heard some news report that angers me and stimulates me to want to respond.
Here's my creative process: I get something non-alcoholic to drink, burn a dooby if I have one, turn on some sound for background, fire up the old computer and open Frontpage. I type whatever comes to mind, the truth as I see it, with potential readers in mind. If I can't please them, I strive to anger them. Any response is better than a hohum.