This is definitely not my own process, but it’s a great article and managed to make me think about how and why I write the way I do. Did I have a reason for my process steps, or were they just “the way I’ve always done it”? Is it time to re-evaluate some of my processes? Anyway, enjoy! What does this article make *you* think about?
Back in college, I had an English professor who talked about her “process” all the time. She talked about slaving over a piece day and night until worried friends finally took the type-written pages from her sweaty hands and turned them in for her because she never felt like her writing was good enough. Of course, once it was submitted, it was accepted and praised. The message my eighteen-year-old self took from hearing a semester’s worth of this kind of talk was that a writer’s process was necessarily difficult and even painful. I didn’t take any more English classes during my undergraduate career.
For years I thought all writers had the same process and I thought it was more difficult that a career in medicine.
Now, many years later, I realize each writer has their own process, and it’s up to each writer to figure out what process suits them…
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