In the comment trail of the post below, the one on 'The odds of getting published,' I was nattering on about the creative process. I have a certain stake in this, being in one of those particularly creative professions, like knitting or cooking or being a confidence trickster.
So I pondered about process a bit.
Whether a writer comes up with cool-and-wonderful creative or three-day-old-mackerel creative, I think it's the same process. That is, good writers, mediocre writers and downright poor writers probably all go about it in pretty much the same ways. There's not one supergood process and fifty bad ones.
Being organizational here,
(I do love to sort and categorize,)
you got . . . hmmm . . . three paths to creation,
Though it occurs to me Mystery writers, being plot heavy, might tend to go more with the brick-and-mortar approach.
And LitFic writers may be more 'muse oriented', them being above the crass commercial need to create a comprehensible plot or deliver on deadline,
(Is this so? I darkly suspect LitFic writers claim an innate superiority for the muse method by virtue of its being associated with The Gigantic Importantness of Teh Literary Fic. Hah, says I.)
But I digress.
if a person's creative process leans toward the bricklayer -- or they can learn to be creative in that way -- they've got a commercial writing process.
I'd call myself 40% bricklayer and 60% Boys in the Basement.
But the 'making up' of the story' . . . not so much.