My Process

My friend Charles Rutledge shared his writing process (he’s a pantser) on his Facebook page this morning and as a joke I drafted up my own. It was only when I was done with the joke that I realized none of it is made up. This is actually my process with no embellishments. Here you go. Drop that hack, King’s On Writing, and get ready for some deep knowledge!

Throes of Creation by Leonid Pasternak

My process:

  • Get idea. Obsess.
  • Write synopsis. Obsess.
  • Start writing.
  • Realize I don’t know a single damn thing about [military snipers/maritime sailing/porn production]. Despair.
  • RESEARCH! Obsessobsessobsessobsess!
  • Keep writing. I can fill in the technical details later.
  • Obsess. Wake up. Make notes in Moleskine notebook at midnight. Lose sleep.
  • Write.
  • Revise synopsis.
  • Research. Get frustrated and rage quit research. It’s fiction for Christ’s sake! Feel guilt.
  • Write.
  • Sneak research in form of television doco. Hope subconscious doesn’t notice. Subconscious is an asshole.
  • Wake up at two in the morning, obsessing. Make notes in Moleskine. Try not to wake up wife. Fail.
  • Write “The End.”
  • Print out book and edit with red pen. Obsess.
  • Redraft book, hating every. single. word.
  • Die. Get new idea. Do it all again.
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~ by poǝןɔɐɯ uǝʞɔɐɹq on 15/05/2015.

One Response to “My Process”

  1. Reblogged this on Glen Krisch and commented:
    It’s like Bracken’s in my head. This is so my process as well.

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