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Writing Process: What’s yours like?


In my earlier post, Publication Anxiety: How do you deal with it?, I discussed the process that leads up to publication in brief summaries. One of the most important parts is getting the story or poem down on paper.

Of course, that isn’t always as easy as it seems.

So, you have that wonderful idea and want to put it to the test. To have the words flow like a brilliant wave of excellence and weave into the tale you’re dying to tell.

So, how do you do this?

The writing process is different for everybody. While the basic idea of typing or writing the words in the same, the way it happens varies from writer to writer. Some authors have an idea pop into their head and just write. No matter what happens, they get words down every day and don’t stop for anything.

Others aren’t able to write that successfully. They’re thinkers; they strive to perfect the idea in their head – perhaps with character bios and summaries – before beginning the task of expressing the story. It’s a slower process, but once they have their ideas mapped out, the words flow the way they should.

Another big group of authors exists. We’ve had instinctive writers, detailed writers, and now, we have plotting writers. These are writers who plot out almost every little detail of the novel or story before choosing to start writing. They’re much more detailed than the earlier group and as expected, their process can take longer, as they spend much time working on every small detail.

Granted, these are only three of the many types. There are mixtures and authors that stray from the norm – what little norm there is among writers.

Sometimes, determining which type you are will help you get the words down. Knowing in advance that you prefer to make character bios, or have gross information on where you want to go with the idea can help; you’ll be more organized. You’ll get things done.

After all, isn’t that what writers want?

What kind of writer are you? Do you stray from the norm?

Author: Natasha McNeely

I'm a writer, reader, gamer and a dreamer. I love losing myself to thought and considering possibilities. That is how I create my stories and weave the erratic tales into readable ones.

11 thoughts on “Writing Process: What’s yours like?

  1. My writing process? Write whenever I can and then revise, revise, revise šŸ™‚ Great post!

  2. This is probably the most non-committal answer ever, but I write however works at the time. šŸ˜‰ Some of my stories are completely made up on the fly, some of them are plotted out in minute detail from the outset. I don’t know how ideas work, exactly, but they happen and I do what I need to to get them out on paper/computer screen. There has never been one single way that works universally for me. That said, I’m getting more and more endeared towards planning quite extensively before I start writing, and just making up the details as I go. It makes the process of actually writing that much simpler, because I have a clearly defined goal in mind for every step of the story (and then I proceed to add in things half way though anyway! šŸ˜‰ ).


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  4. I am new to writing, but find that I would like to give the idea some outline before I start writing. Also, since I try to add some humor to most of my posts, I try to think of what would be the humor element before i get started. I need to do much better than what I do – but very glad to read your post, and observe some of the things writing process people follow…. thank you!

    • The start is always a bit difficult, but once you’ve been at it a bit longer, everything falls into place it it gets easy. All that matters is getting through the rough start; after that, everything will work out. šŸ™‚

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