Writing Process–This or That!

I don’t know a writer who doesn’t enjoy talking about their own writing process and hearing how it compares to other writers. I stole this from Katie Philips Creative Services. She’s great and offers lots of wonderful writing services. Check her out!

WRITING PROCESS—THIS OR THAT! What do you need to be most inspired, creative, and productive?

Do you write at home OR at a coffeeshop/cafe? Do you listen to music while you write OR need silence? Do you outline extensively ahead of time OR are you more of a discovery writer? Is your brain fuel of choice tea OR coffee?

1) I love to write in coffee shops just because I find the atmosphere creative. People watching also helps the creative juices flow, but, I do 99% of my writing at home on my couch nest. I’m a big believer in the home. It is the space I work on every day. I am always looking for ways to make my home comfortable, and so if I didn’t write here I would have to realize it’s not comfortable. So, most of my writing happens on Monday morning with my ‘murder’ mug filled with coffee and my pillows and blankets around me.

2) I usually listen to music. I have a Warrior playlist that is music from some of my favorite war movies and shows. I have a Writing playlist that is all sorts of music from different movies. And, I have two different playlists that are all songs that inspired parts of stories, or summed up parts of stories. The first two are mostly just music and no singing. The others are all singing and almost no just music. I have found that if I’m struggling with a scene, I will shut off the music. Silence and talking to myself helps. 🙂

3) I’m a discovery writer for sure. I will usually have a nebulous, fuzzy, wibbly-wobbly goal in mind that I’m aiming for, or a relationship I’m exploring, but the closest I get to an outline is when I doe a fairy tale retelling. Otherwise, the first rough draft version is a story I’m telling myself, which I kinda love.

4) Coffee all the way. Coffee is a long standing tradition in my family and so a cup of coffee is more than just fuel, it is something that has been passed down for several generations. It is something we share. Coffee is a hug in the mug. Writing just doesn’t feel right without it…unless I can make a cocktail, have a beer, or a glass of wine and right. That is equally acceptable.

What about you? What’s your writing process? Which would you choose?


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