Here is a brief look at the creative process of writer Jeffrey Heid. He is currently an MFA candidate in San Jose State University’s graduate Creative Writing program.
When setting out to begin a new story, I start with a seed. Some idea has struck me as an intriguing possibility, one that sticks in my brain and won’t pass until I write it down. I try to keep a notebook on me at all times for such moments, such as the Field Notes notebooks. In a pinch the notes app on my phone works perfectly.
Once I write the idea down, I keep it near the forefront of my mind and spend dedicated time exploring different facets and paths I might take. To help with this, I listen to music and create playlists to match the mood of a story. The purpose of this is twofold: art begets art, meaning that we can often find inspiration in other art forms; and for me, the feeling of headphones narrows my focus to what is in front of me rather than the distractions around.