This “writing process” video seems to focus on a charity more than a writing process, but secretly it’s all about process. These are the thoughts you think before you ever write a word. Ideas need to make sense in a writer’s head before they’ll make sense in a reader’s head. Obviously, some people don’t work this way, but I certainly do. So much down time, staring at a wall, unfocusing out a window, pacing around a room, thinking and plotting and dreaming, wondering how to tell a story.
And mindspace is wonderful. I love music or television while writing code, but I need silence to write words (or ambient background noise). I also need time to get into that mindspace. I can’t just sit down and be productive. It’s always nice to hear authors you admire dealing with the same issues.
The other great part of this video: “I do read fantasy. My people are geeks. I’m a geek.” Sips coffee…
Long live Patrick Rothfuss!