My Writing Process

Here’s my writing process:

  1. Think about [subject] for days/weeks/months.
  2. A sudden “A ha!” hits me out of nowhere and my writing brain fires up unexpectedly, without warning, usually at the most inconvenient time.
  3. Get it out of my head, fully formed, as quickly as possible as if possessed by some demon spirit.
  4. Ship it.

No shitty first drafts. No sloppy copies. Even my longest work has followed this pattern from think about things long and hard to coming out fully formed.

My writing process flies in the face of every “writing guide” I’ve ever read.

I say this to let you know that there is no one true way except the way that is true for you.

Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.

— Kurt Vonnegut

Everyone seems to be posting their iPhone home screens today. Here is mine. It should surprise no one that mine is very intentional. Organized for only the things I really regularly use. Everything else hidden away.

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

— Kenneth Mason, my Dad, stated his plan of action to me today. His action plan for the yard can be an action plan for life.