my writing life (sols)
- I think about writing even when I’m not in front of my computer.
- For my professional work, I find myself “talking it out” while I’m in the car. I have a long drive to and from work, so I have plenty of time alone to talk to myself. Recently I started to voice record some of these thoughts. I think it’s interesting the way talk has become part of my writing process.
- Drafting comes easily for my professional writing.
- Drafting is difficult for my YA writing.
- I use my writer’s notebook a lot for my fiction work. It’s almost nonexistent for my professional work. Although a lot of my professional thoughts are now captured on Two Writing Teachers.
- I ask a lot of questions when I write fiction. Questions. Questions. Questions. I’d get tired of them if they weren’t so useful.
- Like all of the other creative endeavors in my life, writing tends to ebb and flow. There are times when the words are pouring onto the page and other times when I feel like my arms are going to fall off if I have to put another word on the page. I’ve learned that if I want to be a writer I can’t be dictated by whether I feel like writing. I simply have to write. Every single day.
- I’m becoming better at writing even when it’s bad. Sometimes I have to write through the garbage to get to the good stuff. Why is it sometimes the words I need are muddled underneath a lot of words I don’t need?
- I like writing best when it is for me. When I’m trying to figure something out or capture a memory or play with words it is fun and good and relieves stress. It’s okay to write just because it’s fun. I don’t always have to be productive, efficient, and on task.
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