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What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
 
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It can be at 1o am or 3 am. I also write tv and radio commercials.The words are in my head sometime for days. Then I fee an urge to sit and finally write it. 


many ideas come into my mind, it is like a whirlwind, and I find myself getting up in the middle of the night to write down my thoughts. I write very intensively when I am deeply depressed. Writing releases me from depressions. 


I mull my stories around in my head for a while before even sitting down. Sometimes the ideas flow when I am washing the dishes or listening to music. I keep my evenings mellow because I find I can sort out a lot at that time.
I pretty much have everything worked out before I sit down. I never stare at the screen or paper, whenever I do sit to write it flows freely for a good space of time (half an hour usually). Then I get up to do something else.
Sometimes I don't write for months, by the time I do I am quite full of ideas and the words flow naturally.
 


I have been in this business for years. Discipline is the most important attribute you can bring to the job. If you are not willing to spend some concentrated time each day on your writing, you will not be successful. I learned that lesson early on.

I'm an early morning writer. I usually get up about 5 a.m., fix some coffee and fire up the computer. I try to get at least two hours of good quality writing in each morning before breakfast. That way, if I have another project or contract to do, I know I have at least done something for myself that day.

Inspiration comes to me in many ways. I believe because I am disciplined that my subconscious mind is constantly working on problems and sometimes I think of solutions at the strangest times. Some of my greatest writing ideas have occurred while I've been jogging. Then, I must hurry home and make sure I get the thought down on papers. The ideas for both of my novels came that way.

For more information about my writing process go to the following link: http://www.donmeredith.ca/NewWriters.html
 


With my humor and fiction pieces, I usually have some kind of idea that I got from something I heard or saw that I turn over in my mind until I get an idea of how I'm going to approach the subject.

With most of my work, however, I simply try to recreate -- as faithfully and completely as I can -- whatever the situation was that I'm writing about. I try to put myself "back there" in my mind and record as much of the sensory information (what I was seeing, hearing, smelling, etc.) as I can.
 


I write mainly in the late evenings when my family has long gone to sleep. I have urges to write and I find it cathartic as I release it onto paper. I much prefer putting pen to paper and then I transfer it to the modern age. ;-) I find that when my emotions are extreme I write often..If I am happy and overwhelmed with emotion I write, if I am inspired I write, if I am down and missing love I write, if I am excited I write. 


I usually just sit down at my terminal and stare. I then start to hear the rumblings of a thought-either from one of the myriad characters that are living there or from the Me that is called bob, and than I put it down. I usually go over what I wrote and make corrections before I go any further. It has to feel right before I continue on or end the writing session. Sometimes it can take me hours or days to write a few sentences or lines of a poem. I’m a very slow writer. I never stop editing even after it’s finished or even published - 


When it is best to start with some sort of plan or outline, it seldom works that way with me... Often with my best work, I stuff it back down and it keeps haunting me until I finally write it down. It is a process. I write it straight from the haert without worrying about correctness or spelling or grammer. Then I go back and re-read and correct. After I have it what I think is just right, them my editor (wife) reads it. Then I correct what she find wrong or incorrect. Then I read it out loud to her. If it doesn't flow, then I make notes and corrections while I am reading it out loud again to her. Then I correct and recorrect until itt is just right. Then we do the whole thing over again, and I read it out loud again until it flows and is correct as we can make it. However, when I write emails and such I do not edit or check for spelling, because I feel a good conversation in person cannot be edited, and if you write in a conversational way, you need to be true to that form. So reader, understand this is non edited, it is the true me! Warts and all!!! 


Generally, a book follows a spritual experience while visiting one of my ancestral Native American town sites. In the case of my last book, however, I happened to run across color slides of an adventure I had while in college. Two fraternity brothers and I were stranded on an island off the coast of Georgia by a tropical storm. We had to live off the land for 10 days until rescued. I always pray to the Master of Life for guidance prior to writing a book on Native American culture. 


Before sitting down to write, I like to be inspired. Usually, something has to triger an opinion inside of me. When writing creative fiction, I prefer to have an idea or to feel energized before I sit down to write.

As far as articles, usually I am inspired by a media event or the news.
 


I do theoretical and philosophical research about many things, related to my hindu religion and to the multicultural society. But to understand a whole community of 16 million hyperdynamic crazy Dutch people it is necessary to look into the mind and spirit of each one of them and for this a lot of memory space is needed. This process is one inspiration for many of my writings.

Before I start developing an article about something I sit down beside my cat and write down keywords, phrases or sketches about the topic on plain white paper. After this I start my computer and choose a free abstract article number in my administration. Then I go on a freewriting tour for a few hours or even a week, till the text is perfected and ready to publish. Because I type almost blindfolded and I have an ergonomic microsoft natural keyboard, it is possible for me to write at high speeds for long times continuously.
 


Quantifying something like that is absurd, however, I would have to say, I ask, “What if...” And then go from there. What happens before I sit down to write is, I think about the what ifs, and draw them to their illogical and hopefully hilarious conclusions.... 


I am driven my music when I write. Usually something from a movie in the genre or something historical from the period. Before sitting to write, I usually have detailed discussions with my writing partner and collaborator, or do extensive reading. 


You know i used to have this writing energy and stamina in the past that i didnt need to pull myself to write before i started my security company which now consumes most of my time and am exhausted and drained when i have to get to my writing, but once started i know the wheel starts to roll by itself. 


The idea wends in and out of my consciousness until it has to burst forth. I might make a few notes ahead of time. I most often outline first and create a goal. Sometimes I tape a talk and critique myself. 



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