Lucette, over at Novel On Toast, documented her writing process. The following are the first two steps of her writing process (written mostly tongue in cheek with a good dose of humor):
1. Write a list of 20 story ideas.
2. Make notes on the 20 ideas.
I have always done #1 (maybe not 20 story ideas, but I do write down ideas–on my hand, in my moleskine, and finally emailing the ideas to myself so that they’re stored in my mailspool, now 556 messages strong).
I have not really done #2, and that is an enlightening fact–I’ve gone from #1 to picking one that sings in my mind loudest and then immersing myself in story. These days, as I recover from my stroke, I’m having to find incremental steps (thank you to W over at Loud Solitude for bringing up the suggestion of baby steps in one of the comment threads) and having to examine my previous “more intuitive/natural” effort closely. What *did* I do between “coming up with the idea” and “finishing the story?”
Ah. I made notes in my head on the 20 ideas. Now I think I’ll try writing them down on paper. Thanks, Lucette.