Photo Friday: Percolatin'

I get asked about process by other writers from time to time, so in light of yesterday’s blog post, I decided to make today’s Photo Friday a self portrait with a glimpse into a portion of my process.

How the magic happens.

How the magic happens.

If you click on the picture you’ll find some notes on the Flickr page, but in a nutshell, this is pretty much what the planning and editing parts of my process look like.

The Moleskine is primarily used for brainstorming and for capturing ideas as they hit me. I might just jot down some random thoughts, or I might do some rough outlining; it all depends upon what’s in my head at the time.

In this particular case I’ve printed out the near-complete outline for an upcoming book and I’m comparing it to my notes. I might punch them into the computer right there if the changes work, and I’ll also proof the outline itself. During the editing process, I might or might not have the notebook or laptop handy, but I’ll use the pencil to proof and rewrite before keying the edits into the computer. I never proof on-screen because it seems like I catch more typos on a hard copy than electronically.

The laptop is usually handy for quick access to online reference sources, Google for important data, and especially my growing Evernote collection. Evernote is more for organizing critical plot data and keeping continuity in check. I do keep a separate series bible, but most of the individual pieces of data are in Evernote for easy access and tagging.

Last but not least is the music. I can use the iPod touch for Internet and Evernote access in a pinch (especially if I’m on the road and can find a wi-fi hot spot), but I most often use it for music. It helps to have some noise on hand to help tune out other distractions and keep me focused, and the Skullcandy in-ear headphones do a great job of noise reduction. If I’m working at the iMac instead, where I try to do most of my actual writing, I’ll have music running on iTunes (my writing playlists usually include music without lyrics, such as movie scores).

And there it is: more than you ever wanted to know about how I get things done. Aren’t you glad you asked?

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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