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Method to Your Madness

Basically, I want to know what you do when you write. Do you plan ahead? or go by the seat of your pants and hope for the best? Do you need certain thngs to be happening ( music, tv, silence etc) and where do you find yourself the most comfortable writing?

The method that I have found that works for me is just going with it. I tried planning and plotting it out ahead of time with a few different methods and I discovered that I was getting nowhere fast. too constricting for me. However I suppose its not all just going through blind. I try a few different approches to a chapter (hand written) untill I get an idea that works. I then take what I've written for that chapter and expand on it. *shrug* maybe thats a little plnning but I dont think so. I specifically use pens (my handwriting fades out no matter how hard I press with a pencil) and recently discovered the freedom of loose notebook paper. I feel I have more controll without worrying about ruining something or making a mess or even carrying eight different notebooks with me at one time (very space consuming) I can add or remove things as I choose but mostly I just let them float around in my binder. It maybe unorganized but it I know where everything is and thats all I care about.
Sometimes I'l write it the first time out on the laptop but I cant take my laptop with me to work and I can take the paper and pen with me so I try and stick with that more than electronical means. (there is almost nothing more portable than paper and pens)

I can't write with the tv on and sometimes I can write while listeing to music. Particularly music that I found had struck an insparational idea. I usually work in silence though. It also cannot be just any old music but MY music. I'm picky like that.

As for where? The three places in i'm most imclined to write at or in are, My bed, the couch and work not nessicarily in that order. I have issues writing where there might or will be people around. I just get writer shy.


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Aug. 11th, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
I don't plan fanfics or short stories, I just see where they go, and it's usually the ending that surprised me as I was writing it that pleases me the most. However, I am writing a novel and it's shape was planned, plotwise. I also backstoried my characters.

This has been great because I can have a good old ramble about but, eventually, get back on track.

As for conditions, I like music on. Without words. BSG and Torchwood soundtracks are excellent. I can write here or in Starbucks (although I find the tables a little high) but a lot of the time I am just throwing down words to meet my 1000 a-day-target (which I haven't met for the past week as I have been on holiday, sigh.)

I don't like thinking that people can look over my shoulder, so have to sit with back to wall in Starbucks!
Aug. 11th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
Oh wow I thought i was one of two people who were neurotic enough to have a specific set of pens to write a certain scene. I have several different sets that I use to write different books etc.

I also enjoy loose leaf paper. For my novel I use different colors for different time periods in it. Other than that I just stuff it in a binder and normally forget about it.

And when I sit down to write its usually by the seat of my pants. I usually have an idea thats been milling around in my head for a few hours/days and I get it out. I also usually work best under pressure. In school I would write during class. When I worked at Wal-mart (woo....) I would write on breaks and lunch. That way I had a time limit. But now that I am at neither anymore I'm finding it hard to write anything...I get too distracted and my job isn't conducive (however the heck you spell that) to writing on breaks.

When I do manage to write at home it's usually at the computer with my eyes closed and playing the same song over and over. To be honest thats when I've done my best writing. I'm not rushed, and I dont give a rats ass about spelling. I just let the words flow through my arms out my finger tips and paint the screen before me.
Aug. 12th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
colors? hmm... that would certainly add some different kind of fun. lol
Nov. 15th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
I outline chapters (usually three at a time) and then sit down at night when everyone is asleep and type it out "fleshing" it as I go along.

Sometimes I do my best writing in a local coffee shop. I don't know why, but something about the atmosphere just makes me feel creative.

I can be inspired by tv, movies, or music when I'm writing an outline, but I can't have those things playing when I do my heavy duty writing because I tend to be easily distracted.
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