We all have those days when our story isn’t clicking, or writer’s block has settled in, and just won’t leave. This page is more or less supposed to act as inspiration for those suffering from any form of writing stress. It can be helpful reading other’s approaches to writing. If you are an author, and would like to contribute your process, leave a comment on my Writing Process post, and I will add it here.
My creative process, for the blog at least, is pretty simple. I always use my headphones when I play and write, this helps minimize distractions because people tend not to bother me when I have my head phones on. The I open Word and then the game, as I play the game I take tons of screenshots, I once figured I have around 100-150 screenshots per day for my blog. I pause often, and learned to quick save when I pause just in case, to write what just happened. If I feel a particular part or screenshot would be funny I make a note of it along with what I am thinking for that moment then go back into the game and continue the process until the end of the game day.
Once I finish playing the game I exit out and turn on Winamp, it really whips the llamas ass, and look over the Word document for the game session I just had, which tends to be a few pages just in notes. After a once over I go back to the top and start writing in the same document fleshing out the day one paragraph at a time, I think my longest blog post had 3 pages of notes and ended up being 6 pages fleshed out. At this point I go back over the rough draft and fine tune it fleshing it out even more and correcting any errors in spelling and or grammar that I can catch, which isn’t much since I suck at both. I fine tune it about three times in total and then I hit the spell checker and the grammar checker, and after one last look I copy and paste the work into WordPress and save it as a draft. This process can take me anywhere from 8 to 24 hours spread out over 3 to 4 days.
Once the draft is saved into WordPress I load up the screenshots I have. I edit the images slightly and save them for the interwebs, deleting any images I feel wouldn’t be funny or relevant to that day in the story. Once I have trimmed the 100+ images down to a respectable 10-20 images I view them, try to place them in just the right spot in the blog entry and give them a funny or in some cases not so funny caption. This process can take me 3-6 hours over 2 days give or take. Once I have all the images where I want them and with captions I like I do a final review.
In the final review I check the flow of the entry and if I see something I can word better or make better somehow I make some changes and do a quick preview. Once I finish the preview I add my category and tags to the entry and hit the publish button and wait on pins and needles to read the comments, which in my opinion is the best part of the process. After that I start all over again.
And That is my process =D
I don’t know if what I have can be considered a process? In the most technical terms, yes. But as something that could be broken down into steps and followed. I don’t know. I mean, occasionally I’ll get extremely motivated and put together a poster board and organize my story’s chronology using post-it notes, but other than that I mostly just write when I can–in fits and spurts and with varying levels of enthusiasm. Before I was posting the story, I just wrote down everything as it came to me. I occasionally still do that and I have scenes coming up in the story that are already written. But now that I have an audience, I often have to sit down and for myself to write and then fret over whether or not it’s any good. Sometimes, that frustration and stress help me produce really good work. Book Two, Chapter Four is an excellent example of that. That chapter was so stressful but I pushed through because it was an important chapter.
That’s the one that Pyrelle helped out with. I have always asked Erica for advice, but I’m becoming more and more comfortable with the idea of asking other people as well. We all share the world and the characters and there is no reason why I shouldn’t take a more collaborative approach if I’m stuck on a point. Most people are ready and willing to lend a hand.
As far as drafts are concerned. Some things I just write straight out, proofread (sort of), and post. Other things are messier and require more heavy editing and overhauling before they go up.