What process do you folks use to go about writing?
Do any of you use the brainstorm on paper - outline with roman numerals - rough draft - second draft - X draft - final draft process that they taught us in grade school?
I always hated that myself, as I find it very constrictive and making something free and artistic confined and boxed in. Writing isn't like math, and I personally think it's wrong to make it so. If that works for someone, fine, but to tell me I'm *wrong* because I write differently is assinine.
So I used to write the stories and then make fake outlines and brainstorming sheets based on what was already written.
Stupid teachers. :)
Anyway, the method I use I am sure most people would find aggravating, impossible, or at the very least stressful.
I have a general idea of what I want to write. And by general I mean *very* general. It usually consists of maybe a semi-character idea and something have to do with what they do in the story. Sometimes I will sort of "see" a scene and base everything around that, but most times I sit down and fly by the seat of my pants and see what happens.
Very rarely I will make brief notes, but only if I know I won't be able to write for a good long time and I don't want to forget what I've already thought of. This will usually consist of just two or three cryptic sentences (if that much).
For me it is very much like someone is just downloading stories into my brain and I'm typing them out as they come in. I see and hear them all in my head, like movies. And then I just write what I see.
It wasn't always that way, and when it wasn't like this writing was a LOT harder. I would try to force things to go a certain way, or force writing about a certain thing, and the results weren't pretty. But then I found if I just *let go*, it would all come as I was writing. And it's always good to go where my muse takes me, and not where I want to take it to. Hence one great screenplay idea a friend of mine and I came up with about three years ago that still only has the first scene written. I have tried and tried to work on it, but my muse just isn't swinging that way now and hasn't been for a while. There's nothing I can do about it, so I learned to stop fighting it.
So... what's it like for the rest of you?