My Creative Process

My gifted writing friend Ailsa Abraham tagged me, and asked if I’d join this blog hop. I’m supposed to answer four questions, and then nominate three others to share their creative processes, if they wish. I have no problem with this. So, here goes.

1. What are you working on?

That depends. How do you define working? I actually have a work in progress (WIP), but I’ve been at a dead stop working on it for over a month now, due to life. Life seems to get in the way sometimes, doesn’t it?

My WIPs title is The White Witch. The story of Mystica (a fairy), who becomes known as the White Witch. I wrote the original framework for NaNoWriMo 2011, and am finally working to clean it up. I fully expect to self publish it, when I finish, which will cause me to ask questions of my writing friends, and learn how to put a publishable story together.

According to my Psychiatrist, I’m supposed to have the story completed by NaNoWriMo 2014. We’ll see how that goes. In the meantime, look out JuNoWriMo 2014, when I’ll be making a big push on the story.

2. How does your work differ from others in your genre?

Honest answer. I have no idea. It’s a fantasy, except it’s not a fantasy. It’s actually science fiction, although that isn’t apparent in The White Witch. It has dragons. But they’re not the giant, fire-breathing kind. It has fairies, but they live in a kingdom. It has villages of humans, and of fairies, and of both.

How is it different from others in the same genre? I’m writing it. How’s that for an answer? Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be explaining myself in the next two questions.

3. Why do you write what you do?

I write what I write because it feels like I’m doing what I’m meant to do. It has nothing to do with the mythical creations of right and wrong. Nothing to do with fame. Nothing to do with following a dream. None of those normal person reasons. I write what I write because it’s what’s inside of me, and writing is the only way I’ve found to bring what’s inside to the outside, where I can see it. I don’t write to make social commentary, or to create a marketable, and profitable, product. I write, because it’s in my blood. Because it’s part of how I cope with the world I live in, part of how I grow my understanding of this world, part of how I learn. What I learn about people, what I understand about life, becomes visible to me in what I write. That’s why I write what I write.

4. How does your writing process work?

Magic. There’s actually a technical way to describe how I write. In the field of Computer Science there’s a system development method known as bottom up development. Simplified, bottom up development consists of developing tiny parts of the full product. Developers write the parts independently from each other, and lay the foundation for putting the parts together, to build the product

This is how I write. I write flash fiction pieces. I write flash fiction stories. They happen in random time order. As they collect, I string them together into a proper sequence of events, thus building a story from the bottom up. Building a story from pieces, each of which started independent of the others.

I don’t craft a big plot, with an outline, and a timeline. I don’t map out the characters I’ll have in the story before they show up in the parts. I write the parts, and fit them together into a story. I described my NaNoWriMo 2013 effort as making a movie. Write scenes in the order they happened in my head. Then, glue them together into a cohesive whole.

My nominees:

TBD
TBD
TBD

In short, I don’t have any. But, if you’d like to share your creative process, feel free to join in.

Writing A Procedure

My doctor said to me,
“Mark,
I have a homework assignment for you.
It’s due next Friday.”

Then he said to me,
“Write a procedure.
I don’t care what procedure.
I don’t care what it’s for.
Write it for anything.
Washing the laundry.
Working at Geek Squad.
Cleaning the cat litter.
I don’t care what.
Just write a procedure.”

So, here I sit.
Realizing what he’s done.
Because he knows.
If I write one procedure.
I’ll keep writing others.
Lots and lots of others.

Because I won’t be able
To stop myself.

So, I’ve picked out a procedure
To start with.
The first of many procedures
That I’m going to write.
That describe how I do
Lots of different things.

Procedure : Daily Writing

1.    Think of an idea.
2.    Think about how to talk about that idea.
3.    Organize those thoughts into a structure/framework.
4.    Write the framework.
4.1    Don’t be afraid if what you write changes as you write.
4.2    Don’t be afraid to throw everything out, and start over.
5.    Proofread what you wrote.
6.    Post that sucker.

You might notice,
As you read the procedure.
It’s more of an outline
Than anything else.
What you won’t know is
That’s exactly how I work.
Everything’s an outline.
With hidden text.
That way,
The procedure’s just a guide.
And the story that I write
Can be written
Different ways.

Where does an idea come from?
How do you write a procedure
For doing that?
Knowing it could never
Be completed.
Knowing you would always
Find an exception
To the procedure
For coming up with an idea.

Like what I’m doing now.
Writing down the thoughts
That I’m having in my head.
As I capture
The simple procedure that I follow
When I write.

And there you have it.
I’ve told a story.
And written a procedure.
At the same time.

And if I’m honest.
Both the procedure,
And this little piece,
Were written
The same way.
Using the procedure
I’ve now written down.

Simple works for me
It seems.