Writing processes

A lot of writers/authors describe how they have a very efficient writing process. They wake at six thirty, write for two hours straight, do some exercise, write for three hours, have lunch, write for another hour and so on… Others might set themselves a minimum word count for the day, to say write five hundred words by lunch and 1,500 by dinner time. 

Writers have different ways of structuring their day. When i read author interviews and they are describing processes like those above i can’t help thinking that it would drive me crazy to write like that. Maybe its because famous writers have to meet tight deadlines and so the structure ensures they stay on track and actually meet that deadline. 

Most of the time i just write when i feel like it. Sometimes, say for university, i force myself to sit down in front of the computer of a notebook and complete whatever assignment i have to, just to ensure i don’t procrastinate for days on end and risk not getting work handed in. When i’m writing the Prophecy of Three series i lose inspiration if i force myself into it. I’d rather write when inspiration strikes and sometimes i can blitz out two thousand words. Other times i only manage a few hundred words and those times i leave it, because i know inspiration hasn’t hit yet. 

What is your writing process? How do you structure your day’s writing? 



About Sam Whitehouse

Sam spends most of his time in a different world to other people. If it isn’t one he’s created himself, it’s one he’s reading about. In the rare moments when this isn’t the case, Sam can either be found addicted to a sci-fi or crime show, re-watching Marvel movies, finishing up an assignment for his final year of studying Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, or trying to get the dozens of ideas for stories in his head under some kind of control. Sam has lived in the same small village in Yorkshire, surrounded by countryside on all sides ever since he could remember. His childhood saw him get into plenty of scrapes climbing trees and crossing rivers and generally believing he was Indiana Jones. Sam gives credit to his Grandad for him wanting to be a writer, and his bedtime stories for keeping Sam’s imagination stoked. But credit must also go to Steven Spielberg, J K Rowling and Stephen King, who have provided plenty of inspiration over the years, too. Sam writes what he reads, and that is pretty much anything—save romance. Fantasy, thrillers, or crime: once an idea takes root, he can’t stop until the world, characters, and plot are on paper. A huge Marvel fan, Sam one day hopes to pen a screenplay for one of their movies, or direct one, or do anything at all related to one. Until then, he’ll stick to his own fantasy worlds and wait for Marvel’s phone call.

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