One of the best courses I ever took was a tutor training course. The first day of class, Cynthia Haynes-Burton gave us an assignment. She asked us to write 500 to 1000 words describing our writing process. I had been writing since I was very young, but it had never occurred to me to think about my writing process. I stayed up until the very wee hours analyzing and pondering. This is what I came up with:
1. I must plan (this plan will be thrown out eventually).
2. I must write my plan out with a marker pen in very large letters with pictures. This helps me see my eventual transitions (which is where my originality is usually found).
3. I must write more than I want to. I have a tendency to write strongly and with focus for 45 minutes and then to drift off into other things. I must not do this. I must write through this lull and find that sweet writing zone.
4. I need one week extra time before I hand anything in. I use this time to edit, proofread and generally fuss over what I’ve written.
What is your writing process? When do you write?