My creative process varies, sometimes It's from real life events and sometimes dreams which are the reflections of real life events in sleep. I think Psychologists and going to school majoring partly in Psychology influences how I create or write poems and stories. The dream inspires the poetry and makes the poetry, especially in these recent months. I am partly influenced by Freud with my interest in dreams, but not to go as far as interpreting them, which would ruin the poems I would think. Before I write, life has to happen, an event has to occur, or I have to have a certain thought or attitude, as well as emotion. Without that I cant write as well
Before I start writing I have usually seen something, read something, thought of something, heard some music, a human voice or a dog or a bird, and something has started lines or expressions to come into my head.
I read a lot, watch TV and movies, play a lot of video games. Creative consumption feeds the mind for creative output. But by far the biggest idea generator I've found is the act of writing itself.
A lot goes on as i go around the world, read books and see films, explore historical locations. Often sparks of plots occur to me and move around my mind. Eventually I pull them together and lay out an outline. I then flesh that out and expand on it until I am ready to write.
I like to have a plan, so I chart the overall story and then start plugging in scenes. Next I go in and write each scene. Sometimes I write out step by step what is supposed to happen in the scene, which makes it much easier to direct the flow and the dialogue.
This sounds funny, but water is almost always involved. I get an idea, but the fleshing out and the best ideas always come while I'm either walking on the beach or in the shower. I wonder what a shrink would say about that!
Isn't much of a process, just sit down and work. What happens before is that I get up from where I am and go sit down at the keyboard. Once upon a time, actually, at a typewriter.
I mess around on the interwebs a little bit. I exhaust my social networks, and then after about midnight, depending on the day, I sit down and try to bang out at least a 1K words if I'm working on my novel. Or at least a blog post, or an article for my website www.moonrunnerscountry.com
I can usually sit down anywhere and write about something, but I generally spend every non-writing moment trying to craft the next scene in my mind.
Before writing I often procrastinate. Eventually, I just do it. I really love to write.