I usually come up with a story and know where it is heading before I sit down to write. I'm definitely a plotter, not a pants-er.
I always know where I want the story to go before I write. I can't just start typing and meander all over the place. I create an outline and I usually stick pretty close to it. I write about 1,000 words a day. Morning is my best time to write.
Well I always have a vivid picture of how my story will go. Then I get more and more into it after time!
Most of my creative process occurs in what most people could call my day dreams. It is there that the movie of the book is worked out over and over, even to the scripting, until I have something specific I want to convey. It is only when I know a scene intimately that I can then set down before my computer and write.
It is there that with each and every word acting as an individual stroke of the brush I paint the scene, connecting it with the previous one seamlessly yet leaving enough for the next scene. It's very euphoric and transformational to me.
For some authors they can pump out pages and pages within an hour or so, this is not my way. In that amount of time I usually put out about 2 pages that rarely ever need gross editing.
I'm a lazy writer so I mostly just lie flat on my back, stare up at the ceiling and wait for my muse to slap me back into writing something decent. Recently, I've tried to do a little research work. That is, spend some time in the cemetery for that eerie horror feel. When I can't travel, I just turn my laptop on, surf the web for random sources of inspiration or I watch tv. That's about it. Oh and yeah, my 9 year old neighbor helps too.
I never “sit down to write.” It comes to me with passion. I am driven to write. I can feel it pouring out of me. Often story plots come to me in dreams. At other times, I figure it out like a mathematical problem.
Before I sit down to write, I make sure Im comfortable. During the writing of my first book I was always in the bed writing, whether it was right after I woke up or right after I came from dinner. My creative process includes me relaxing. I first see the characters interact in my head like a movie, then I put what I've viewed onto paper.
I usually just get an idea and it doesn't let go until I sit down to write about it. The ideas come first, then the story starts unfolding after it.
It is unique and unlike anything. And then I write.
I think long and hard about either a specific character or inciting incident before starting. If I have a character in mind I need to know what this individual loves, hates, what his primary goals are and what he/she fears most should his goal(s) not be met. If I know that information then I can see the black moment and am now ready to write.
I don't have much of a process. Whenever I can find some quiet free time, I tend to sit down, open a manuscript and start typing. The story evolves as I write. When I'm unable to sit and write, the details of the story are working their way through my mind while I'm driving, cleaning, shopping, or working.
I really identify with Stephen King's description of story as a fossil you remove from the earth. Sometimes great chunks of a story are unearthed. Other times you must chip at and brush away the smallest pieces of dirt and stone just to get a glimpse of what might be lurking beneath the surface.
Straight talk? My life has been so busy, I've taught myself to sit down at my computer and type whenever the opportunity presents itself. What comes to me comes to me. Sometimes it comes fast; sometimes it comes slow. But it always comes. I don't have a problem with writer's block.
All things of Mother Earth are of interests to me, aid in my creativity, you might even say the natural order of life is my muse. I especially enjoy anything historical or futuristic. Before I sit down to write, usually there are 5 to 6 ideas roaming my head & meditation is at hand to enhance creatvity. Stories are stored in my brain awaiting the quill to take on it's dance.
My creative writing process is sporadic. I will begin with a thought and then brainstorm. When I can't come up with anything else, then I just let it sit. While it's just sitting, then something else will come to me and we will be off to the races again. An idea can sit for a couple months before I get it all figured out.
At first, I tried to use an outline to structure my stories. But that soon gave way to, what I call, free flow writing. The story plays out in my head like a movie and I try to capture it on the keyboard. The story plays over and over again, until I have captured all that I can. With free flow, I don't have any idea what's going to happen, how the characters develop or how the story will shape up at the end. But like a story, the action is tight, the characters are well formed and the story has many intricate pieces that fit together like a 3-D puzzle.