I thought I’d put this out there to see how others do their writing process. In my case I do all the research first with Vods, interviews and analysis. I then think about it and organize it in my head (actually I do this at all times when not spectating a game. Walking, eating, sitting at traffic lights, etc. I think about every player, every tournament, every game I follow at all times and every angle I can think of with every piece of information I know to see what angle I like). Eventually, when I do get down to actually writing, I focus to the point where I forget who I am, where I am or how I got here. I focus completely on the article and at some point I come out the other side hours later.
This happened earlier today when I was writing a GuardiaN piece and 4 hours later after I woke back up the real world, 4 hours had gone by and I had to reorient myself back to reality.