Current Status: Ahhhh-Chooooo! (sick)
Food Consumed: Mochachino
On The iPod: Breathe Me; Sia
Word Count: 1,800 (all longhand)
So, it’s been a while in between coherent blog posts from me, but my time away from the blog and my novel has helped me realise something about my writing: I have a writing pattern.
This isn’t exactly a big revelation, really. We all have a writing pattern – it’s what helps us create the things we do, and it’s what helps us stay sane when the insanity of writing and fatigue and brick walls sets in. My time away, though, has helped me pinpoint exactly what my pattern is. Not that knowing my pattern will help me to stay inspired when I’m hit with writer’s block, or keep me focused on my words when I’m so tired I can barely even think, let alone write or plot. It’s just interesting to know.
This is what my writing break has taught me about myself:
* My blogging and my novel-writing are co-existing. If my inspiration for one dies, than it also dies for the other. I cannot do just one, I need to do both and it needs to be simultaneous.
* If I’m writing longhand the notebook and the pages must be pretty, and I can only write with a black, 1.0mm ballpoint pen. If it’s not black and it’s not 1.0mm then the words don’t flow.
* The first draft is always easier if I write it longhand. The second and third drafts are easier if I type them straight onto the computer.
* Writing out an in-depth plot is a sure-fire way of killing my creativity. If I plot it, I cannot write it.
* Music helps me write. Images inspire me. Standing outside on a clear day and stretching my arms out makes me appreciate the gift I’ve been given more than anything else I do.
* Facebook and Twitter are distracting, but when I’m in the writing zone I can’t write without them.
* These things feed the muse: strawberry freddos, caramel fudge, Cormac McCarthy, cafe-quality mochachinos and caramel lattes, cheesecake (the baked kind), Lisa Mitchell, cream cheese muffins, Jane Austen films, hiking, the beach, freshly squeezed orange juice, being out on the water, Emily Dickinson, twirling around in my Fabled and True dress, hippy headbands worn sideways.
* I am nocturnal. I write best late at night, when the house is quiet and my iTunes playlist is blaring in my ears.
* All of my best plot ideas and kick-ass sentences come to me when I’m either a) in the shower b) in the car c) on the verge of sleep.
* Having people read and enjoy my words is the best feeling in the world. Honestly, there’s no competition.
* Alcohol and hangovers do not help (thought that’s kind of a given). Migraines make me cranky, not because of the pain but because I’m losing out on precious writing time. And the worst migraines always strike when I’m at my most productive.
I’m sure I can think of more, but that’s enough realistion met for one day.
What has your writing taught you? What are the things you cannot write without? Please share in the comments.