By Rebecca Carey
I mostly write fiction short stories, creative nonfiction, poetry, and I have a few longer pieces that I'm working on. I have also dabbled in screenwriting. Although mostly for a Mass Comm class it remains an intriguing style of writing that can allow certain things that maybe you couldn't reach with actual writing. I am by no means a consistent writer. I have projects that I started forever ago, was crushed by writer's block, and I still haven't gotten back to them.
Usually to start something I have to be inspired by an idea, picture, concept, or character. When I am inspired the writing just comes to me. I have written many poems through inspiration of concepts or ideas. One of my fiction short stories was inspired by a painting I saw at Fine Arts Day in high school. I believe inspiration can strike a person anywhere--with anything; a writer just needs to be paying attention.
I prefer to do all my wiring on a computer because I can just write out all of my ideas as they come and then go back and edit it later. I do keep a notebook and pen out beside me when I'm writing so I can write down any details that might play a part later.
Once I have an idea my writing process really depends a lot on the form of writing. With poetry I can just sit down and write it right away. With creative nonfiction it usually takes me a little longer to write my story because it takes me a little longer to figure out what my experience is actually trying to say. I haven't written a lot of fiction pieces but I once I find an inspiration usually it comes pretty easily to me. I can usually sit down and get the story done in a week. After the initial writing process is done I usually need to go back and make sure everything connects the way I need it to. With my longer pieces my writing process is a little more drawn out and different than my other writing forms. I usually do a lot of research and I keep all of my research efforts in a notebook. That notebook is then dedicated to that story for the rest of its life. After the initial research process is through I can sit down and write about a chapter a week.
Throughout all of my writing I take a lot of coffee, concentration, and patience. There may be several stories that you want to write at one time but you need to pick the one that speaks to you. If it does then it will become a great story and avenue for your creative energies.