And irritate the hell out of…me!
Don’t believe me? Then try this…ask this one simple question: Tell me about your writing process. WTF? Are you seriously asking that? You might as well ask me how to tell the difference between each cry a baby makes, because quite frankly, I can’t explain my writing process to you or anyone else any easier than I can explain what every cry means. And here’s why: no one project is the same. Therefore, writing does not follow a one size fits all approach to every project. At least, this is the case for creative writers. And I would venture to go out on a limb and say that this is true for most writers.
Sure, there are certain “steps” in the process that you hit upon at some point along the way, but again, depending on the project, these steps will vary. A hit or miss approach if you will. Sometimes you prewrite, but it’s not always required…maybe your client has provided this for you. Sometimes you start with research and then hit the ground with an outline and a running list of ideas before you do prewriting and sharing, then go back to do a little more research before starting to write. Who knows? It really depends on the type of writing you are engaged in: creative, business, technical, corporate, research, grant, whatever.
The fact of the matter is this: each writer’s writing process is a very personal process, and when someone asks this of you, you should be a little more than incensed. It’s infuriating, as if you need to justify how you get from point A to point Z. I know how to write. I know what works for me. What I don’t know is what works for you, and quite frankly, I don’t need to know that. That’s totally up to you.