What is the process of writing? Is there good or bad form to this topic? I’ve been thinking a lot about this, as I try to settle down from the recent release of “The Last Spelling Bee” and concentrate a little on the future. But I suppose I need a bit of reflection, too. So, pardon me if I ramble for a little bit.
Little known fact: almost every single poem in my latest collection was written on my iPhone while in bed, late at night, my wife sleeping next to me and my cat perched on my chest. I wrote like this because it was the easiest way to fit writing into my schedule. I’d scribble thoughts into the WordPress app, sync it with a WordPress blog (I will keep it’s location secret, so that people still think I have a gift for writing), turn it off and grab some shuteye. This allowed me to write a poem a day for several months, and also allowed me to look at what I had written on a full-fledged computer monitor in the morning.
So I suppose my answer is no. I don’t think there’s a wrong way to write. Back in Junior High and High School, I’d keep a thesaurus by my side constantly while writing. I also wrote the most stilted and uncomfortable language ever. I’ve since really tried to write conversationally, to mixed effect.
My advice: write. It doesn’t matter if you have pen or pencil, keyboard or touchscreen, typewriter or hammer and chisel. It doesn’t matter if it’s breakfast, lunch, or sleep-time. If you want to write, JUST DO IT. You’ll be glad you did.