I clear out my mind, write down the draft on paper after gathering the scene and then type it out on the lappie, editing as I go.
I find inspiration everywhere. I do a lot of school visits and the children inspire me with their silly ideas. I don't have a set time that I sit down and write every day, but I do like to write in the quiet of night when everyone else is asleep. There are no emails dinging, no phones ringing, and it's a good time to write uninterrupted. Creativity is an inherent part of who I am. If I didn't write, I don't know who I would be. Even when I worked for the corporate world, I put pen to paper, writing for pleasure, if not for publication.
Normally, I do drink a glass of wine before I begin to put fingers to keyboard. The wine helps me relax and calm my brain, honing in my focus to the task at hand so that I may not worry about the day-to-day stresses. I try to give myself two hours a day to write, constantly working at it in order to get better.
There really is no creative process that I use. I just work hard, write down ideas into sentences, and leave it at that. The next day, the first five-ten minutes are used to reread previous work, edit it, and then think about the direction in where the story is going.
It's different every time.
My writings derive from many things. Either an idea that pops in my head, a dream that I have, or a situation that I've been through.
I am a lucid dreamer; my stories usually start with dreams. I tend to write in two ways: 1) impulsively, in one sitting; and 2) with various degrees of planning. I often write in the morning and edit, review and take notes on possible directions of my current project before going to bed. This way some of my dreams, with conscious direction, deal with some of the issues from my editting and note-taking. I often garden after writing in the morning.
I write on paper with pencil, eraser, dictionary, thesaurus and writer's handbook, then type this up at night. Often I revise and write more while typing, as the story unfolds while I review it.
Things simmer on the backburner for awhile. A scene or the main character will come to me first. From there, I write the character bio and create the word. Things come along to inspire me and I write them down in an idea journal. I keep a journal/notebook for each project.
The ideas often come during walking.
I like to sit alone with a pen and paper to start thinking what I want to write before I put it down and type.
Im more inclined toward thrilling and chilling stuff.