The Process [Writing]


Does[Not?]Compute – Sumiko Saulson

Like many writers, I have a writing “process”. Unlike the writers of generations before me, my process heavily involves a computer. Now don’t get me wrong. I am just as resistant to change as the next guy… well, okay, maybe not literally, as the next guy. The next guy is my fiance Greg. Greg doesn’t like change overly much.

I am used to writing on the computer. From the Commodore 64 my father had in the home, to the old word processing machine my high school used for generating columns of text with a daisy wheel printer, I was an early adopter when it came to computer technology. I have been using a computer since I was twelve years old. I have been writing on a computer since I was twelve years old. I’ve been developing habits for how I write on a computer since I was fifteen.

Because I always wrote while listening to music on the headphones back then – albeit,

Sir Bootsinator is in the Library...

Sir Bootsinator is in the Library…

headphones connected to an actual record player, with actual vinyl records playing on it, back then – I have a creative writing pattern of listening to music on the headphones while writing. It helps me to create a little virtual office, away from the other people who are in my environment. Take now for example – I am in an actual home office environment with a currently shirtless fiance playing “Dragon Age: Origins” on the PS3 and two cats, all three of whom are in same room as me right now. Yes, she’s lounging on my Mail Organizing End Table. She neither knows nor cares that it is my Mail Organizing Area. She is a cat. Since my home and my business are both in a studio apartment with the Greg-Fiance and the Marla-Cat and the Bootsy-Cat, what Marla is lounging on is actually my business “mailing room,” and before you ask, no.. she’s not mail room personnel.  She does not believe in this human concept of “work” which you speak of.

My other cat, Bootsy, is in the Library. Greg is in the Den with the Entertainment System. I am in the office, sipping a diet coke and Taaka while listening to Duran Duran on the headphones. Before that, I was listening to Aghast. Then Clan of Xymox.  But now… I’ve decided this blog definitely is a Duran Duran music kind of blog.

That is my writing process. What is your? Please comment below.

~ by Sumiko Saulson on March 8, 2013.

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