I often find it hard to describe my personal process, not because the process itself is difficult but because I don’t feel there is one perfect way to write. Everyone has a method that works for them, and those methods are usually created from years and years of working away at their craft.
I could say I travel to some remote place where I sit, a beret upon my head, looking out at the vastness of the world around me…but I won’t because I don’t do that. I’ve never done that.
I’m the type of person that will sit and write for hours and hours one day and then might write for forty-five minutes the next. Some times I don’t write at all. I don’t think it’s necessary to write every day. The days I’m not writing are spent planning, researching and daydreaming. All which contribute just as much to the stories I create as the words do.
Sometimes I have tea or water with me (I recommend the water. Gotta stay hydrated!) and sometimes I curl up with a blanket. Sometimes I write in a notebook, sometimes a binder, sometimes my laptop. Sometimes my mind wanders, sometimes it doesn’t.
I might create folders or inspiration boards for my books. It helps me visualize certain things, like the colour of someones hair or a particular object.
I also don’t always write at the same time of day. Sometimes I work early mornings, sometimes I work in the middle of the day, sometimes I work all night long…and then go to bed at 7 am. Sometimes I feel extremely motivated to write and other times I just need a break. Breaks are okay. Breaks help you avoid burn out, and can help get you pumped about your projects again.
I’d say I’m a fairly organized writer. I plan, I plot things out, I give myself as many details as possible and build upon that information as I go.
I’ve also started keeping track of my progress. It helps motivate me and I like to look at where I started and how far I’ve come since then.
In the video above I talk about part of my process, which is how I like to organize my work. I discuss writing down my crutch words (words that I overuse and can replace with something stronger), character and plot information and editing. I think I explained it a lot better than I am right now.
If you write, what is one of your go to writing rituals? For me it’s drawing my characters. I find it helps me capture their personality a little more and gauge their sense of style, facial expressions etc.