Where do you write? How long do you write at a time? How many days a week do you write? Do you use a computer or write long hand? Do you take breaks? Any food or drink involved? Is social media off-limits or do you troll Facebook and email? Do you use music or demand quiet? Non-writers are always curious about the process.
My boring details would disappoint people. I sit (somewhere) for extended periods of time (hours, days, months) seeking higher inspiration to get my character out of some corner I’ve written him into. Lightning strikes and in a blur of creativity and a flash of fingers, words appear on the page moving the character forward in his universe and fixing the problem.
My fickle muse has stepped in.
I will sit (somewhere) for extended periods of time (hours, days, months) seeking answers as my plot completely unravels on page 189. Just as despair sets in, my muse returns, and the plot coalesces into the complete masterpiece I designed it to be. (cough, cough)
I sit (somewhere) for extended periods of time…I think we get the idea here.
There is no magic to this writing gig. It is full of mental and emotional angst, before, during, and after the creation of the book. It doesn’t matter if you write in a perfect office with a writerly desk or in a mountain cabin or in the basement next to the kid’s bicycles. It doesn’t matter if you are able to write all day during the week and take your weekends off or if you work a day job and squeeze your writing in at 4 a.m.
None of it matters.
Process isn’t really what matters. What matters, what makes a difference at the end of the day, at the end of the week, at the end of the month, is the words on the page. The only way they get there is through hard work and determination. No rabbit in a hat. No magical elixir. No short cuts.
Although, chocolate never hurts…