So much goes o my mind before putting my words into the writing action. Some sentences pop up in such urgency that I need to put in paper. There is no routine, just the bug of creativity flowing.... and flowing...
I am just open for whatever, even if it's at 3:47 am!
I get panicky before I write. I feel scared and usually have to watch TV or do a crossword puzzle before I write. Sometimes I meditate and I always pray.
That's a tough question. I feel it and I see my stories as movies. I am a visually oriented person. Sometimes when I begin wiritng I have no idea where I am going and other times I write via outline. I am both a panster and an outliner.
I brainstorm by hand, figure stuff out, then create the final product via computer.
Kind of like a big orgasm, right down to the after glow, but there's usually no need to shower before going out to dinner.
Before I sit down to write, I wake up. I've tried to write in my sleep, but keep keep falling out of the chair.
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It's too difficult to really explain. I write because I have to and my mind is always turning with ideas, even when I'm away from the computer.
Before I begin to write I collect as much information as possible. Most of it is tossed out.
It depends on what I'm writing. If it's a poem I may get a kind of wordless impulse or movement, or I may suddenly get a line for a poem I've been working on and got stuck with. If it's a story I may get an idea as I mull recent plot events while I'm on a walk or stuck in traffic. If it's non-fiction I read what I wrote yesterday and carry on from there.
I always sit quietly for a while before writing.
I get panicky before I write. I get very scared. I have to do a crossword puzzle or watch TV or meditate or pray before I can begin. Once I do, I'm usually okay.
I have to write whenever I get a snipit of time, whether it is in hotel rooms, on airplanes, early in the morning, late at night. I don't have any elaborate rituals, I just sit down and go.
I am a stream of conscious person. The idea of the piece will work itís way through my head day and night, begging to be set down to paper. So, when I usually sit down to write, I have a vague idea concerning who, what, when and where (where is always my fictional town of Potterís Field, IL). As the piece builds, the characters start dictating to me the direction of the piece. This usually changes the entire piece during this process.
I compose scenes in my head, especially while walking the dog. I also keep a notebook handy to jot down ideas.
To me it's more like catching things before they get away. Whether it be a story idea, a poem or song lyrics, or a quote. I just get hit with an idea burst and have to catch it or feel I do before it's lost.
Usually, I'll get visual images, mental images, words, or sentences. I've even beenwaken from sleep with messages. There have been many times, I've gotten out of bed in the middle of the night to write.
Most often, to be honest, There is this feeling that comes over me. I would say almost trance like and I write, write, write, until there are no more words.
I suppose it depends on what I am writing-- I write fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and screenplay.
When I am sitting down to write a screenplay I first jot down a very basic outline laying out each act and what should be accomplished. I make notes on character and important points about the plot. Then I move on to the scene-by-scene outline. Here I go over each scene, the main events within the scene, and I jot down bits of dialogue. This helps in a number of ways. It makes it very easy for me to visualize the flow of the piece, to see potential lags in action, and to break it up in a way that will make it dynamic. It also keeps my ideas fresh in my memory. Writing out only pieces of dialogue serves as a trigger to remind me of what I initially envisioned for the scene. Outlining is a huge part of my process. When I finally sit down and type "FADE IN:" I know exactly where I'm going. It's just a matter of typing.
When I write straight fiction, the process is similar although less detailed.
My work in creative nonfiction is usually spur-of-the-moment, triggered by memory, and I often spend months editing as a result.