So you want to know about my writing process? Today’s prompt says that you do. So here goes.
I am a rewriter. This sorry truth means that I must rework everything I write. Everything! Emails, Facebook posts, chapters in my novel, and most certainly this blog article.
Because I do this, it takes a long time to write. Too long! I’ve challenged myself today to get this article finished and posted before the school day begins. (So I have, like, ten minutes before I open the door to students. Go, Laura, go.)
I need my writing to go “live” in order do the best editing. I don’t know why this is–my early “training” in fan fiction? There’s just something about seeing an article formatted that changes things up. Even here, the photos I use, the captions–everything works together to create the finished product.
Words come at varying speeds. Best days: scribbling on receipts or paper napkins, as ideas flow madly. Good days: sentences straight to the laptop. Harder days: words cranked out longhand in a notebook (no stopping, no backtracking) using a ten-minute timer.
“Flow” is the objective–that “surf-the-wave” thing. Most often it comes when I make myself throw words on the page, kind of like warming-up. The truth is that I get my best ideas while I am writing–like now! Not while I am thinking about writing.
Five minutes! Will I make it? You know what, I will. And if you’re reading this, I have. All because I forced myself to sit down and think while writing. Pushing the “Publish” button now…
See you tomorrow! If you’d like to see what the other 35-Day Challenge participants are blogging about, you can find their blogs here.