Usually, when I first start writing, I just write about whatever comes to mind (dumping). It helps me to clear my mind. When I am ready to start writing, I find a quiet spot (usually sitting on my bed with an air freshener or candle close by) and then just start typing my idea into my computer. Occasionally, I will write with paper and pen or write out an outline, but the paper usually comes together when I am just writing it in my computer and then go back and organize, edit and revise. Using the computer is usually best for me because I can go faster than with pen and paper, but sometimes the computer doesn't want to work for some reason or I just want to write on paper.
My assignments have varied extensively in terms of the audiences for which I write, from children to adults, students to teachers, and/or friends to strangers. I always take the time to consider my audience because I believe that it is one of the most important factors that determine the success or effectiveness of my paper.
When I write, I can usually just sit down and write the first draft in one sitting. However, if I get stuck, I leave it alone for at least an hour to give my mind a chance to think about it and then get back to it.
I am not the best decision maker, so the hardest part of writing for me is deciding on a topic. Sometimes it worries me, but if I talk it out with someone or think about it for a while, I can usually come up with at least a vague direction if not a specific topic. Then, I research my topic by looking at things on the computer, writing about what I already know and talking about it with other people.
My favorite part about the writing process is the revision. It is so much fun to play with my paper to make it better. I think this is also my strongest area besides being such a good organizer. I am a perfectionist and also greatly enjoy using the English language to the best of it's ability.