Today I’ve been thinking about the writing process and all that it involves. Naturally there are lots of factors to consider especially when it comes to exactly what format you’re writing and length of prose, but I’m interested in the personal process of people. What makes everyone’s creative clock tick?
I’d love to hear from everyone about how and what it takes to get the words flowing and just how often they flow each week.
Do you listen to music or do you find it distracting?
Do you write better at certain times or can you produce words at any given time?
Do you require a drink, caffeine maybe, to stimulate the old brain cells?
Can you tolerate the outside distractions of other people or do you need a quiet room and a private moment?
Do you write daily or find that too difficult to sustain?
How often do you write if you find a daily routine to be too much to sustain (or if life gets in the way of it)?
Do you write well while travelling or do you wait till you’re home again before putting the words down?
Do you edit? If so, do you edit intensively or just briefly?
I’m sure there are many more situations and examples you can come up with so feel free to add to this list.
Using these sorts of questions as a reference point…what makes you tick?
I usually can’t write a single usable creative sentence when there are distractions going on. This includes music, movies, other people and sometimes even unfinished work in the real world. Music can be okay but only if it’s not a particularly creative/clever lyric style of song. I find that to be too distracting and I end up enjoying the words being sung rather than focusing on my own.
I like to write daily, but every now and then it feels good to take a day or two off. It is usually determined by the stimuli around me at the time. If there is plenty I can write daily without a worry in the world, but if it’s a nothing kind of day then I’ll struggle.
I like to write in my room, but lately I’ve found particular comfort in taking a notebook to the beach and writing as I walk. I tend to receive insight while outside that is otherwise non-existent at my desk.
I rarely edit anything on my blog…you might have noticed.
As an example – that pretty much sums me up.
I would love to read your input in the comments below !
Have a good day 🙂