One of my favorite subjects to read about is the writing process of authors. The goal of any author is to finish a piece of work and it’s fascinating to see the different ways authors go about completing that goal. Some authors outline meticulously while others write by the seat of their pants. Some prefer writing late at night, some like writing early in the morning. One author might like to sit in the exact same spot in his house and work and another might like to go to a coffee shop to work.
Personally, since I work during the day I have to write at night. I’ve heard that some authors who have day jobs get up and write for a few hours before they go to work, but I’ve never tried that. I’ve never been much of a morning person. I get home around 6, eat a little dinner, surf the web for a bit, put on a little background music and then get to work until it’s bedtime. One day I hope to try writing before work because I know at times after a long day at work, I’m exhausted and my writing probably suffers.
When I write, I prefer to sit at the kitchen table. That’s my spot. Anywhere else and I don’t feel quite as comfortable. I also don’t outline very much. Usually, I have a rough idea of the overall structure of the story, but for the most part I just like to sit down at my laptop and see where the story takes me.
There doesn’t seem to be any one recipe that works for everyone. It seems to be that whatever you’re most comfortable with produces the best results.
So tell me: What’s your process? Night/day? Outline/Seat of your pants? Music/Complete silence? Where’s your spot? What works for you?