|What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I'm best outside. I love sitting under a tree in the park surrounded by creation. I always take my journal with me to jot down ideas. Sometimes an incidence will trigger an idea and I need to write immediately before it escapes me.
There are always many ideas running through my head. Usually I grab a hold of one and begin to brainstorm in my thoughts about the different ways I can express this particular thought. The seem to come like flashes (divine inspiration). And my job is merely to capture them.
Daily I read the news and other bloggers looking for event or stories that I can present in a different light than others have. There are particular topics I'm most interest in and for that matter annoyed by how they are being handled. If nothing particularly inspires me I'll Google some and sometimes take the day off from writing. My goal on http://3Joes.us one or two posts a day from us as a group. I'm more interested in developing a following than making money now. I'm retired and financially comfortable.
passion- pure passion. Unfortunately, usually at 2 am.
I would say I am not the most disciplined writer. I know the most disciplined writers do it for hours at a time every day, and I have not really done that. I tend to be an observer, so the things I see around me tend to be catalysts for my writing.
When I get ideas I write the gist of it on a small notebook that I carry. And when I get down to write, then I really think about the idea and dig deeper into it.
It's difficult to say. Often my ideas form either over long periods of thought or in a flash as profound ideas out of the blue. It's similar to a steam of consciousness type of writing: words flow through my brain at random intervals and I try desperately to write them down if I'm able. I don't just sit down to pound out words. The words come to me and then I race for the keyboard. I almost have to be in the right frame of mind to get anything accomplished.
What happens before? A decision, basically.
That decision might come from a thought I had, a conversation, or simply neccessity to get on with it!
If I'm starting something new I just start and see where it takes me. If I'm continuing something, like a book chapter, I reread what I've written before. That serves as inspiration, a primer for the pump!
When I start to write, it is very difficult to stop. Time flies by very quickly; hours pass unnoticed. For good reason I don't start anything unless I have lots of time to give to it.
Before I begin to write, I pray to God, asking Him to send me the right words to inspire and encourage my readers.
I need to get in the mood. Sometimes it involves rereading what Ive written and it may involve watching mobster movies. Sometimes its just listening to calming Sims music.
Before I start writing there is a lot that goes with it, Iíll go for a run. Iíll listen to some classical music; I will sit in the quietness of my room and not think. Thereís times Iíll go through a photo album, which always helps me. The important part for me is to stay vulnerable. If I can do that, then I can write for hours.
My creative process occurs when my butt hits the chair in front of my computer. I couldn't be more serious, I don't even think about writing or what I'm going to write about until I sit down in my chair. Then it just kinda happens from there. To say I'm the "Forrest Gump of Literature" is not a misstatement at all.
I make a lot of notes whenever an idea trikes me, and always carry a notebook around with me. What I want to write then evolves in my mind until I feel that I'm ready to put the words down on paper.
I find it hard to write in public places like coffee houses or even when I'm surrounded by family members when on vacation. Luckily I have my own office where I am surrounded by inspirational decor. I usually have incense burning or I light a candle. I also like classical music quietly playing in the background when I write. I am a dedicated writer, devoting no less than two hours to my book a day.
Writing for me is partially premeditated and partially unintended. I like to have an idea of where I'm going with a scene, as it helps keep me from excusing myself from writing due to lack of direction, but I keep an open mind. If my characters decide on a new direction, then I go on the journey with them, altering my outline as I go.
I wish my creative process was more disciplined or accessible. I often have story ideas when I write down in detail, creating an outline and/or synopsis, but to actually sit and start writing it....I have to completely have the mood or suddenly fury to work on it. Also a number of my stories are dreams I've had, and it's important for me as soon as I awake to type it all up non-stop, before I lose the muse.
I have to have a strong inspiration and spirit in me to sit down and write.
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