A Writer's Sketchbook
I like to think with a pencil in my hand. I just seem to find it easier to come to grips with ideas if they are scribbled on a page in front of me, and not stuck behind my eyes. Perhaps that is why I am a writer? But the real reason may be simply that I am not very good at visualizing, my imagination is primarily spatial and kinesthetic, and the world inside my mind is inhabited by shapes and motions more than sights. I can also imagine sounds quite easily, but have trouble imagining smells.
'I know professional writers who outline, who don't outline, who start at the beginning, in the middle, at the end, who start with characters, with plot, with setting, with theme, with idea, who develop whatever bits they're missing in every order imaginable. And they all write books that sell, and many of them win awards.'
-- Patricia C. Wrede