Writing Must Flow Like Water From Your Fingers
For me, it’s all about the flow of my writing process. It’s what keeps me in line, on track, and maximizes my productivity.
In terms of basic overall development of a project, like any good process, each step has a purpose and influences the development of the next step.
When I start a project, there are a couple of folders or categories that I always set up which I feel cover most, if not all, of the elements one would need to create the World of the story.
I use: Races, Organizations, Locations, World, Items, Weapons, Vehicles, Sciences, Technology, Soundtrack.
As I develop elements for the story, I store them in the categories, and when I feel that I’m nearing the end of developing a project, I’ll scan through each category to see if there is anything that may need development that I may have overlooked. The categories are good reminders as to what needs to be created for a story.
In terms of each step influencing the development of the next, I have created a flow chart to better illustrate the flow of my process.
Basically, Character Development influences Story Development influences World Development. This is my process for both Scripts and Novels. I Just substitute Sequences for Chapters and Screenplay for Manuscript.
Obviously, I’m a big time plotter, but what is the flow of your writing process?