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Whenever a deadline makes me, otherwise (and more commonly now) whenever the mood strikes me. It comes in spurts of random inspiration, usually. I could be on the subway and suddenly feel like I need to write something down, or I could purposely sit down in front of a notebook and do it. It just depends on how I feel. I also find that sometimes to get at the root of what I'm trying to say, I have to write freehand for a while first before it manifests itself.
What exactly do you write when the mood/inspiration strikes? Is it more like a journal type writing or something more? Just curious.
Writing a good novel is like making love to a woman. If you stay disciplined and do it often enough, something worthwhile will come out of it. But novels can be laborious. It could take months.
I suppose it's more journalistic...I either document something I saw, or something I thought of, but not usually in any linear way. I used to write more fiction/non-fiction short stories, but I get too impatient with them and end up writing down whatever random thing I think of now. Sometimes it's anecdotes, something it's me working with my own thoughts.
Writers, students, what is your writing process? How do you write? When? Where?
Most people get blocked by trying to write everything perfectly on the first draft but as they say "good writing is in the re-writing." A good analogy is gemstones - you start rough, then polish, then cut. And as with gemstones, even a poor quality stone can be redeemed by good polishing and cutting.
True, I find my rewriting sessions involve more subtraction than addition. The "style" I've arrive at involves using as little description as possible when setting up scenes; anything that that is necessary for the reader to know will be revealed through clues in the text. This has a way of dropping the reader headlong into the action of a scene, where they experience it as something that is happening rather than something that is described.So I just get it down first, then re-write it with better phrasing, then re-write it again to make it as short as possible.
How consistent are you? I've always wanted to get to a point where I'm writing every night for at least an hour but it always gets pushed aside, especially when work/school gets crazy.
Gotcha. So, let's say something funny occurs (outside SF) or interesting happens, do you try and write it down as soon as you can trying to encompass every detail, or wait till home/private? BTW, not purposely trying to send a MoL vibe out, just curious.