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The writing process varies from writer to writer. There are no guarantees that this is what writing is like for you. There are no guarantees that my process even remains the same from one piece to another. However, this is a pretty good breakdown of how most of it goes for me.

1.) Get an idea.

2.) Decide if it’s a short story or if it needs to be a longer piece.

3.) Start writing. Get around two hundred words.

4.) Change narration style. Rewrite initial two hundred words.

5.) Consume caffeine.

6.) Take a break to play video games.

7.) Try to write again. Get fifty or so words down this time.

8.) Eat dinner.

9.) Consume alcohol, usually 1-3 beers or a White Russian.

10.) Lose all track of where I’d been in my writing.

11.) Watch TV instead.

12.) Get new idea. Decide if it needs to be written down tonight, or if it can wait til tomorrow.

13.) Begin again.

4 Comments

  1. Sounds about right. Although I sadly skip the alcohol part, since alcohol puts me right to sleep and it’s hard to even pretend to write if I’m … you know … asleep. Lol.

    • Yeah, the alcohol usually helps to temper the caffeine from step five. Glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂

  2. Thanks for your honesty. #10 & #11 come up a lot in the process and it’s easy to get side-tracked. It’s encouraging to know that other writers hit the same bumps.

    • You’re most welcome. I think it’s something that almost every writer deals with in one form or another.


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