As I’ve been working on my newest story over the last month or so, I’ve noticed my behavior while writing. This is something I never really thought about before, but it turns out it is an essential part of my writing process.
Since most people are interested in what goes on behind the scenes, I thought I’d give you all a look into the process I go through.
When starting a brand new story I usually spend five minutes or so just staring at the blank computer screen trying to formulate characters, names, locations, etc. Most of the time I have a general idea of what the story is about. I like to have the end of the story in my head first, and then work from there. I find that makes it easier to develop the middle and end of the story. Obviously, getting to the end of the story is what makes the story great. It’s all about the journey, they say.
Once I have a good story in my head, I start writing. Now comes the interesting part. I cannot write without some form of movement going on. I will literally write a sentence and then jump up from my chair and pace around the room. This gets my creative process flowing and allows me to think through the story in my head before putting it down on the screen. There is constant moving going on while I write, also. I am always tapping the desk or staring up at the ceiling. This makes it hard for me to write in public places because I can’t really get up and start pacing around the Starbucks. So, when I do write in public (usually at a college student center), I find myself tapping the table I am sitting at and swaying from side to side.
Once I get the story done and finished, I let it sit for a few days and then return to it. After that it gets passed around to a few people to critique it.
I hope you enjoyed the glimpse into what the writing process is like. Every one is different; that is what makes writing a unique art form. Hopefully this can somehow inspire or help you form your own writing style.