I force myself to write everyday, even if it is just a page. I am currently working on editing the first draft of a manuscript in preparation to send it out. (Which is the most frightening thing in the world.)
When I have time to write, my process varies. There are the writing times when I am possessed with an idea that needs to be on paper. The times where I force myself to sit and spit out pages to get a piece done. The majority of my writing up to this point in my life has been for my own entertainment. Only recently have I started talking it more seriously.
Last Semester I had a creative writing class where we were required to write short fiction almost every week. This short fiction was prompted, and I had a deadline to attend to. In these instances I was forced to come up with something, but it wasn’t really a chore.
I have gotten ideas for my writing process mostly from this class, and these ideas mostly come from On writing by Stephen King and Bird by Bird By Anne Lamott. I think the best thing I learned from these books was the idea of printing my draft and editing it by hand like this:
This is basically what the first draft of my manuscript looks like.
Here are some articles of the creative writing process: