8 comments on “Connections and Patterns

  1. When it comes to the creative process, Hemingway was always my man to go to for quotes.

    There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

    Writing comes pretty natural to me, the effort comes in stopping most of the time. It sounds like a dream for someone who writes fiction, but it leads to a lot of not sleeping and a huge sprawling labyrinth of uncompleted projects, because I can’t really control what I feel most like writing.

    • I definitely agree with his idea of writing. You just sit down at a keyboard and write and write until you’re heart is bleeding all over the screen.

      Do you ever go through spells where you experience any writing blocks? I find that too is a cycle for me. I will go through a period where I write prolifically (and be working on say two or four projects at once), and then I’ll enter a period where I can barely string together a sentence or two. Then there’s the grey areas between those two extremes where I can write music and not stories or write stories and not music. Like some sort of weird, endless cycle.

  2. Sometimes I sit down and create. But often my creative process happens in the shower, in between working on “real problems”, or late at night when I should be sleeping.

    My creative process is characterized by Djikstra’s algorithm for discovery: you start at one point, and you work outwards in all directions, doing everything that looks possible, switching between important work and unimportant work, constantly trying new things, constantly reintegrating new ideas, or separating a big idea into two smaller ones, or learning Icelandic for no reason… (…I consider learning to be an act of creation…)

    This is a serious problem when things need to get done, or if I want to actually finish something. But when I’m just working from passion (as I tend to… I don’t have a lot of homework), I think it helps to keep things interesting.

    Maybe I’m a symptom of the internet. Maybe I’m fine.

    • I think you’re just fine. : ) I’m picturing your description of creativity as a bubble that is growing and growing and growing, ever outward, engulfing more and more of the universe within its boundaries. Which is pretty cool actually.

      I definitely agree with you on the idea that learning is an act of creation. You’re creating new memories and an understanding of new material, which you didn’t have before. So makes sense to me.

  3. My creative process is somewhat different – i tend to start with an idea of the finished product in my mind, something of a visualization of the finished book and a good idea of what it’s about, what happens in it, and so on. Then I have to take a kind of ‘step back’ and think ‘Okay, this is what I want – how do I get there?’ So I start big, and work my way down, creating the world, characters and finer plot details based on my large ‘vision.’ As for writing itself, I always create an outline first, quite a detailed one compared to other’s I have seen. Think of it like one of those little jigsaw puzzles kids do at school, and then stick everything together. Before they start gluing they put everything together and make sure it works. I do the same thing, assemble everything into an outline to make everything works in theory, then I start writing.

    • Reading about people’s creative processes is fascinating. It’s interesting how much we can differ and how many similarities we can share.

      Jigsaw puzzles – that’s my favorite analogy to the writing process. I use it so much that a few friends have turned it into a joke, asking if I assembled my puzzle yet (in reference to my novel).

      Do you ever go back and update your outline later? I’m notorious for doing that – it helps me keep track of events and characters.

  4. Once i have an outline, i generally stick to it. Sometimes i’ll change things, if i really need to. Its not like I’m trying to be rigid, or holding myself back – its just, I write whats there. Once i’m done, i go back to catch anything that needs major changes. Repeat until finished. I do update character, location or item bios with new information if i ‘discover’ anything while writing, for consistency’s sake. Cant have people changing eye colour mid book, can we?

  5. With me it starts with one character and a basic idea of where the story starts and ends. A lot of the rest is discovered when I write. The first paragraph of a new scene is always the hardest for me.

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