This post is actually inspired from a comment that I made on another post that got me thinking about my structural process when I write stories – and when I unleash my creativity in general, I suppose.
Despite my love for speculative fiction and the world building that this entails, be it large or small, my writing process is not geared towards years of planning and outlining prior to putting my pen to paper.
My creative process, be it painting or writing, is more… visceral, I suppose.
When I paint, I stray away from motifs and settle on abstract, impressionistic scenes.
Likewise, when I write, I get most of my inspiration while I write.
I build my world while I write it.
I do my research while I write.
I rarely ever do much before I start writing.
This means that there’ll be lots of pauses in my writing, where I head off to do extensive research or to expand on my world and characters, but the point still stands that I will have written at least five to ten chapters before I stop to do this.
I also prefer to plan my outline while I write, meaning that, well, my outlines get all sorts of messy, but then I color-code the different branches of the outline, making some of the text bold, some of the text larger, and— you get me?
Suddenly, somehow, there’s now an outline based on aesthetics – on visuals alone!
It makes sense, I guess, having been a painter for as long as I’ve been a writer.
The creative process is different for everyone, but I do think that it’s important to sit down and consider what your creative process is. If anything, simply because it will become far easier to nurture and cultivate your inspiration and motivation that way…
… and who doesn’t want that, amirite?