It always amazes me when I say I am writing (or I #amwriting as I often say on Twitter) and someone understands that to mean I am filling a blank page with new words.
Writing is so much more than new words---so much more than a flight of fancy edited to eliminate typos and grammatical errors.
Writing is a process of crafting a full piece of writing. It is a labor of love (and torment) and it includes so many more steps than making new words pop up on a screen.
One morning a couple weeks ago, I sat down and constructed two flow charts to try to explain to a friend what it is I do when I say I #amwriting.
First, I give you my process of creating a rough draft:
When the rough draft is complete, I begin the adventure of major reconstruction. It looks something like this:
So when I say I #amwriting, now you know. I'm somewhere on the path toward crafting a final piece of writing. Am I writing new words? I might be, but I wouldn't count on it.