I don't believe I ever stop creating. It seems like everything I look at or hear or sense becomes the catalyst for a new story waiting to be told. When I sit down to write, I simply choose what story interests me at that moment, open my file, and read a few paragraphs. That puts me back into the story immediately. Since I always have multiple stories in the works, there is always something to suit whatever intrigues me that day!
I get inspiration from clients, other writers and general media
I never force myself to write. It's either there or it isn't. My view is that if you try to force creativity, you render the creative process impotent. I never worry about writing. Worry is the thief of thought.
It varies. I have a mini notebook and at least one pen (I'm not a fan of pencils other than to sketch/cartoon with - that's another life) in every dog-walking jacket I have and either get ideas from my surroundings (which I later type up) or inspiration from the music or podcasts (all-writing related) that I listen to on my iPod. For my chick-lit NaNo last year I'd only decided a day or two before 1st Nov what I was going to write and just let it all flood out - which paid off as I completed 117,540 words in the 30 days, and it's now (four edits later) doing the agent hunt.
I don't have my own creative process. Inspiration comes suddenly. Like you sleep and you have a dream that you wanna write about. Immediately I wake up, grab a piece of paper or mobile and write everything I wanna write about.
What happens before I sit down to writing? I think twice what should happen next with a cup of tea, cappuccino or carrot juice.
I actually have to usually be in the "mood" to write. I often will start out of nowhere. I wake up at night, scribble things on the bus: the ideas that flow organically and spontaneously are usually the best.
I listen to music. Certain songs will trigger an old memory or spark an idea. I try to write it as soon as it comes to me. That doesn't always happen. Different locations also trigger ideas. I try to take photos or go back and look at photos.
When ideas spark I try to write them down. I also try and take a photo of something that make give me an idea.
I look over notes, think about what I want to write and then sit down and do it.
There's no ritual. Being open to the people and situations encountered daily encourages words typed into computer text. That doesn't mean any encounter is transcribed in rote fashion. The interaction starts the process. I've never been accused of writing a memoir where my life has been reduced to a story element.
Nor does the most recent encounter open doors immediately. Like a good stew, it takes time to simmer.
I don't know if I really have a creative process per se, generally when I want to write something I just sit down, write a little blurb for myself about what I want the story to be about and then take off. I'm not really in to outlining or plotting or anything like that, I find that to be a very limiting experience, so all in all I would almost say that my creative process is pretty hectic.
I just sit down to write, but I have to make sure that I have enough caffeine and that my phone is on silent because my phone ringing can disrupt a good thought.
My creative process is weird. When I get an idea for a novel I write it all out, i even write a background on each character and then i begin to write. But with fanfictions, I just kind of think it up and write it out.
I try and capture my thoughts as and when they occur- and that could be almost anywhere. My memory isn't too hot so I prefer to make brief notes of these thoughts, which I then expand as I begin writing.
I am currently working on the new Trash Talk e-book series so I'll share a little about what I'm doing here and now. I start out in the morning, early, with a strong cup of coffee or something hot beside me while I take the time to give the project an overview - reading what I produced yesterday, gleaning it for errors or areas where it could use improvement... and then set up an agenda for the day. I'll look at what stage I am at, do whatever research is necessary, and then off I go. Because this is a revision of an earlier published book (in print) I am already working on a developed manuscript that just needs updating and new data inserted.
My day usually starts with managing the main blog, confirming interviews or other media exposure has been promoted fully, and then tackle the emails - which can take several hours. After a break, when I rest my eyes and stretch my bones, I will then work on any writing project or upcoming media exposure that is under a deadline of some sort. After this has been dealt with I'll start on projects that are more flexible, such as the next book's manuscript.
Usually when I come up with a movie idea it's while I'm sitting outside having a smoke, or while I'm watching a movie and think "what if...."... then there are some scripts I came up with because it was part of a dream I had the night before.
Originally, when I started writing I would just have a plot and a few key scenes in my head, then I would just start at page one and write (without an outline). Recently I've discovered that it is a lot easier to write if I've already mapped out a full outline.
Music! It's perfect for creating a mood in your mind, but if I'm writing a serious article for a client then I need absolute silence.
My creative process is generally chaotic as I'm a champion procrastinator. It's only a looming deadline that focuses my attention.