If I feel inspired, I have to write it down immediately, or it's lost forever!
No me resulta escribir sobre un tema puntual. Son escenas y diálogos que aparecen en los sueños o cuando estoy llevando a cabo otra actividad. Tampoco me gusta bastardear algo tan placentero como la escritura y convertirlo en una tarea obligatoria. Por eso solamente escribo cuando tengo ganas. Creo que es el único método eficaz para combatir el dilema de la hoja en blanco que aqueja a la gran mayoría de los escritores.
I read, read, read, watch TV news, comedy shows and subscribe to Time & Mad magazine. Mind mapping and software exercises to get me started.
I have a fairly constant running monologue in my head, which sometimes turns into a conversation, with me playing different characters. It's not multiple personality disorder, I just really love imagining the exchanges that could occur between people. There's so much potential for hilarity if people stopped taking themselves so seriously.
I don't really have a process. If I feel like writing, I write. Sometimes I feel like I should write so I force myself to do it. I think it's important to just keep at it, even if it all ends up littering the floor. Most of the time I write about other people's experiences. It's so much easier to make sense of their lives than it is mine.
In flashes, regardless of situation.I carry paper & Pencil, ALL the time.
It depends on what I am writing, but a lot of my creativity is triggered these days by something I see on the Web. I spend a lot of time thinking about my writing prior to actually writing - "noodling" is what I call this pre-writing phase.
my creative juices flow at the oddest times ... So, I often e-mail myself (I'm a geek) ideas that I'm having. Often I find myself trying to weed through those ideas and then really sitting down to type.
I'm very much 'in the zone' when I write and I found with both books that they almost took me over whilst writing. Both were penned relatively quickly. I find once I know which direction I'm going to take with my writing, the rest falls into place and I cannot stop until I've completed the project.
My creative process is all about being inspired. I don't write anything 'til a thematic concept develops in my mind.
First, I need to be alone, so I usually wait until everyone's asleep before I even think of writing. Second, I need coffee and noise, so it's off to the grinder and the iPod. Then, I sit down at my computer and crank out the night's word count, which is never fewer than 500 and sometimes more than 8,000.
It hits me like a bolt of lightning. I never know when it will come or what will trigger it. I wrote a story called, The Book of Elijah, that was published on Amazon.com after I picked up a rock and tossed it.
I would have to say I have a very impatient creative process. I have journals everywhere in my house, each with something different. Romance journals, science fiction journals, childrens journals, the list goes on and on. I'm usually drawn to the romance journals. When I think of a crazy scenario I run to my bookshelf, pull out the journal and write it down. Otherwise I will forget, my ADD kicking in. Before I sit down to start writing a novel, I take out one of the journals and I go with the flow. Usually I start writing before I create a time map, but I don't like to know the end of the story before I write it. I like to feel the characters as I write them, that way, I feel what the reader feels. As I create new characters I list them, so I don't forget their name and importance. After every sitting, I review my notes and contribute to the back ground and write what I would want from each character. The story goes quickly, my impatience more to get to the end. So when I'm done with the novel, I go back through, reading and changing things that either didn't make sense or would work better in another way.
Before I sit down to write... heck. Do people have a creative process? Maybe I'm unsual. I work at writing virtually all day every day. There is no "creative process" I just have to sit down and slog at it. Sometimes I get up at 0600 and start straight in without even a cup of coffee.
But if you're talking about plotting.... you should see the state of my desk. Each game needs a minimum of 1 piece of paper to organise, the one I'm on at the moment has a raft of research sitting to one side of the screen, 2 notebooks, three plot lines and my head is buzzing continuously.
I get my inspiration anywhere! When walking down the street, listening to music, watching tv, even just eating! I'm not very picky; when I'm in the mood, I just find a place to sit down, pull out a pen, get my notebook and start writing!
"The images appeared like little clips of video, some only a couple of seconds in length, others longer. "
Refuge of Delayed Souls, Volume One, RoYds
I see characters and scenes rather like my character, Elizabeth Whyte, sees past events.