Heather Webb describes the reasons that changing up your writing process and rituals can bring new creativity.
With each book, there were pieces of my process that didn’t change, regardless of the structure. I had to discover who my characters were by exploring their backstory. I needed to know where the story began—that inciting incident—and how it would resolve itself, as well as the stakes driving my character to change. I needed a pitch, a feel for the themes I would explore, a general idea of how these pieces would fit into a three act structure, at least loosely.
But the process I used to write each of these works changed. I think this is the reason why:
Each book baby has different needs.
Don’t mistake order for boxing yourself in.
Relax into the fluidity of your process.