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What’s Your Writing Habit…

June 23, 2013

Proclivity – definition: natural or habitual inclination or tendency

Paper- WritingWhat is your natural or habitual tendency when writing?

As I have mentioned before, my tendency in writing is free flow – it is how my creativity manifests itself. Given minutes or hours, I will write. Whether it is a prompt or an idea that gives me that spark,  I give my mind free reign to create it. The normal process for me runs something like this:

The idea comes to mind as I read, hear or see something. Usually it starts with a character of some kind, whether a person, animal or inanimate object with a consciousness (I wrote about a rug fearing the vacuum once – that was fun!) Then a circumstance begins to form and that is when the ‘flow’ begins. The story grows into its own creation in my head and I type – is this like channeling do you think?

Within my writers group, we have planners, free flowers and a wealth of combinations of both processes and more. Some edit as they write, others make separate notes and some write the whole thing before revising. There is no right or wrong way – whatever works for you is the best way.

Has your process changed as your skill increased or do you stick to a formula that works for you?

This link has some great pictures of famous authors notes.

I loved this little note from writing and had to share.

writing habit


  1. I think I’m a free flower too! With me whenever I feel like writing I just have to do it, whether I’m out and I get my phone out and start typing whatever comes to me, or if I’m at home near paper or a laptop. Then I go back and edit bits and bobs of it. Then also, sometimes I write a basic outline and then go back and add more and edit it. I think I’m a mixture of different types haha
    This was a interesting and great post! I enjoyed it 🙂


    • Glad you liked the post…I love hearing how other writers created. I openly admit I’m obsessed with writing…even though I ‘found’ later in life.
      Thanks for dropping by.


      • I’ve never really thought about it to be honest, it is really interesting to see though! The way writer’s write kind of show their personality and how they go about doing things, okay I think I should stop there otherwise I’ll go on for hours about astrology and personalities haha
        How long have you been writing for?
        It was a pleasure (:


      • It is interesting when you compare your own writing style with others and yes we learn something about ourselves.
        I only started writing about 4 years ago – a late starter!


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