As I racked my brain for a clever topic for this week’s blog post (and cursed myself for not coming up with something sooner), I started to take a closer look at my writing process. Like taking a peek under the hood of a car, I took a look at how I get from idea to deadline each time I get behind a computer. This idea came up on social media a few weeks ago. There was an article posted about the writing rituals of some of the most celebrated writers. From Jane Austen to Stephen King, they all had or have quirks and tricks to get their ideas onto the page. But you don’t have to be a literary giant to have a writing process—we all have one. Maybe you haven’t written anything since high school. Maybe you are working on a novel. It doesn’t matter. We all have steps we take that get our words to paper.
For me, pressure fuels my creativity. I don’t decide what I’m writing about until the deadline is in sight. I know if I start writing too soon, I’ll end up changing my idea and rewriting the whole thing by the time it’s due. (Believe me, I’ve done it before!) Some people prefer to have a clear path and plan before they pick up their pencils. Others need to be in the right setting before their creativity begins to fly. All ideas are good. The key is to use what works for you.
So what is your writing process? What strategies do you fall back on? Leave a comment below and see what other tricks your fellow writers use. To help the future writer in your family get his or her ideas on paper, check out Capstone’s new book, What’s in Your Heart, Katie? Writing in a Journal with Katie Woo.
For more nuggets of writing wisdom, check out The Daily Routines of Famous Writers.
-Michelle Hasselius, Associate Editor