It takes a while to get a story ready for submission–there’s a lot of rewriting, revising, editing, polishing, and agonizing to arrive at that point where you give yourself the green light — your project is ready to send out into the world. The act of submitting is not an easy one for every writer,…
For several years now I’ve kept a personal daily journal in which I make note of day-to-day activities, mostly so I have something to refer too if the RCMP ask me for an alibi…
It’s mostly a series of paragraphs listing my daily events, but with little emotion or depth, and that’s why I decided to start a blog here. Don’t get me wrong, you won’t find any pearls of wisdom here, in all likelihood I will be the only person who reads this words.
If that’s the case, why am I bothering?
The answer to that is because I know myself rather well, I guess you could say I’m self-aware of what works and doesn’t work within my pea brain. I struggle to verbally communicate my feelings/thoughts/emotions with other people unless I’ve had a chance to mentally rehearse, and the written word gives me a chance to organize my thoughts.
So I guess you could say, that writing a bit here, helps me mentally switch gears to work on a story, call it my “pre-workout warm up”. I guess that’s enough “warming up”, and time to get to work!
I just read a very interesting article (many thanks sherrydramsey.com) about writing rituals and how they can affect writers both amateur and professional, and that got me to thinking: “Do I have any?”
The article pointed out three main points: environment, time, and behavior. I think I see my problem…
Environment: I “try” to write at two different locations, home and work. At home, I set up my laptop at the kitchen table, and after I make a nest for my cat on the chair beside me, I can usually get a bit of writing done. But I can’t leave my laptop there, and the act of moving it really disrupts my mental processes. My RL job is shift work, so on nights I can usually type away, though my brain isn’t always at its best. I have gotten a lot of story ideas while on sleep deprived night shifts though.
Time: With my RL job being shift work, I never have the same schedule and I know my personality well enough, that I work best with routine, it brings me comfort and a sense of ease. Probably part of my ISTJ Myers Briggs profile.
Behavior: With the lack of a stable writing environment & time, it’s hard to build good writing behavior, though in one way I do have one “productive” behavior. Walking… When I’m out for a walk, I can go into “auto-pilot” and let my mind churn though the possibilities of a story. My short story writing grew out of crafting D&D roleplaying adventures decades ago, so my mind still thinks along those same lines: “If the Players do this, how do I respond?” I just translate this to what I see my protagonist doing based off of their personality.
It’s clear to me that I need to improve my “writing rituals”, though to be honest, I think I already knew. I need to make a spot in the new house for me to write and feel comfortable, it’s the “time” I foresee being the major stumbling block.
We spent most of January announcing our Fantasy from the Rock all-star lineup, but without actually reading the stories (and you can’t, not until April 27th!) it’s hard to get to know the authors that are helping make up this epic collection. With that in mind, here’s our interview with Peter J Foote, owner of […]
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This will be an ongoing blog as an amateur/hobby writer navigates the world of writing.