Please note that when I sit at my computer to write, I am not taking dictation from God, as one famous writer once famously said. That is not to say that there aren’t writing sessions that seem inspired, sessions where my fingers can’t keep up with my thoughts. Those moments keep me going on the days it takes me three hours to get out a sub-par half page.
When friends ask about my writing process (this is a common question now that I’m starting something new), I think they are expecting something more romantic, some dreamy poet in an attic meditating until I can visualize each scene. The point is, I sit in my chair, every day (or most days) and attempt to reach my goal (1,000 words a day). If I don’t reach it during my assigned writing hours, I have to try and squeeze it in later, after dinner maybe or after the kids go to bed. It’s surely not romantic. It’s work. And any writer with any success (except for the dictation-from-God-one) will tell you this.