Lying in bed, notebook on knees, coffee at hand. Usually night is my productive time although early, early morning is good too.
The characters come to me before anything else. It's as if they materialize in my mind, and then narrate their stories, where they live, what drives them, etc. It's an odd concept, but there's no other way to describe it.
I don't think I have a "process". I get an idea for something and dash to my laptop to write it down before I forget!
Seriously, my morning starts with coffee, email, and then writing--assuming I don't have to run out the door to work. Most of my free time is spent writing or producing artwork of one kind or another. (In addition to being a writer, I'm an artist.)
i wasa journalist for 14 years so the creative process is very much organic. I develop characters and a place in a notebook then just sit down in front of the computer and write till I have to stop.
Coffee happens. Coffee and quiet.
That's all I really need.
I think I write quite differently to anyone else out there, maybe it is because of how I have lived my life. It is my way of life that feeds me to write, not reading or anything else. I have had a very difficult and traumatic life. My first book started when my friends encouraged me to write about my life story, which I called it 'Running from Life', in the end. My second book, 'The Interpreter', is also the outcome of my experience from my work with NATO.
I work in a totally organic way. When I'm working out the storylines and characters I only sketch out the basics. Then I let the story formulate in my mind for awhile. Once it's percolated long enough and I'm clear about what I want the story and characters to say I sit down and write. The book flows naturally and easily because I have already made the book into a movie in my mind. The only thing left to do is type it. My only problem is sometimes I can't type fast enough to keep up with what's going on in my mind.
When I started writing it took sometimes an hour to get "in the zone"; I had to clear my thought space. But now I need only read the last paragraph and skim back over a few chapters. I have been attending a monthly creative writing class for the last couple years and practice a variety of skills that I have learned, mostly character development.
I do not have a set process. Sometimes I think about a project for a very long time, outline it thoroughly, and have it all "figured out" before I begin. Other times I just sit down and start to write. It depends on the particular story I am writing.
It's love/hate with me. Sometimes, before I sit down to write I will find any excuse not to - watering the plants, unloading the dishwasher, checking my twitter account. Procrastination abounds.
Other times I feel a surge of energy and race to my desk.
I don't think either state necessarily produces better work however either way, whenever I do write afterwards I feel fantastic. Like a fuller version of myself.
My creative process tends to go something like this. Look at what I've ended on writing the day before. Carry on where I left off and see what happens. I'm not a big planner.
I usually read something silly online, make myself cup of tea & than start writing :)
Depends. Poetry starts with a phrase or an image. One line or idea suggest the next. Most of my writing starts on one dimension or idea and jumps pretty quickly to another. If that doesn't happen, I lose interest in the project and abandon it. I have the most trouble with longer stories for that reason.
Before the first key is struck on my keyboard, I have outlined the plot and developed the main characters. When I sit down to write, it is almost like I am watching a movie in my head. I simply describe what I observe with my five senses (and sometime six). I write the main plot points and the transitions between take on a life all their own!
Something will happen or I'll c some1 and then ideas start flowing and I put sentences 2gether in my head.
I truly enjoy every moment of my writing. I may change a plot, an entire storyline on a whim that what I have will not work or it has too much one-on-one dialogue or several other reasons. I rely a lot on several readers that I send pre-release copies of maybe something as small as a few paragraphs to see if it will fly. I carry a small notepad and am constantly jotting something down or getting the name of a new military weapon to research.