Caffeine: morning cup
Evil Calories: Taco salad last night for dinner (not good for my muffin top)
Reality TV: ANTM reruns
For my WIP, I have a full, long-winded layout, character outlines and even visual references for specific places/objects in the story taped all over my desk. (I also have a picture of The Brain from Pinky and Brain. He represents my evil, smelly, hairy knuckled inner critic. I've taped a Barbie dress to him and stuck tacks through his eyes. That way when he says things like, "that sounds like a bucket of smashed a-holes", I can't take him seriously.) However, even with all these elements to guide me through my writing, there is a huge difference between knowing the path, and walking the path. (I also have a picture of Morpheus. He's my inner Buddha, because I think everyone should have an inner Buddha who wears bad ass clothes and knows kung-fu.)
Now, I'm not saying this is a bad thing. Just because it comes out different, doesn't mean it comes out wrong (although The Brain thinks so, but he does the cha-cha like a sissy girl, so he can go suck it). But it got me thinking about how I write, and then curious how other people write. I always see the story first, so it's almost like watching a movie and then translating the moving images into prose. My writing becomes the distinctive voice narrating the images.
But what about you?
Does your voice stream directly from the images of your story, or do the words come first and the images follow?