My earliest association with the word “process” is processed cheese.
Kraft American, to be precise! Those individually wrapped, unnaturally yellow slices were as plastic as their wrappings, but they made the grilled cheese sandwiches of my childhood legendary.
I loved those sandwiches. I mean, they were my absolute favorite thing to eat.
Ah, for the pleasures of simpler times, right?
Now, when I use or hear the word “process,” it invariably refers to creative work. Normal work we just do, but our creative work seems to require a process. A special way of doing it, planning it, approaching it, managing it, measuring it.
Why are writers so preoccupied with process? Why can't writing just be a simple and occasionally gooey pleasure? Something we can just do, without timers, spreadsheets, color-coded calendars, self-imposed deadlines and “accountability" partners?
It’s a contrarian question, but a serious one. In today’s livestream we’ll talk about process and why we make such a drama over it. And, who knows? Maybe we’ll figure out what that elusive “perfect” process is while we’re at it!
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