writing well (sols)
|Lots of writing time today.|
I consider myself a low-maintenance writer. I don’t need a lot. I prefer to write on my computer, but can easily use a notebook instead. I can write with noise or silence. I can write in solitude or in crowds. I can write at a desk or curled in a chair. I can write in many genres and on many topics. I can squeeze writing into almost any moment of the day since I usually have an idea (or twenty) stirring in my mind.
Yet, having some time apart from the daily routine of life, is helping me see how I can be even more productive. I have many habits already in place that allow me to live a writing life. It is fascinating to listen to “Brenda’s Brilliance” (as Franki coined her minilesson sessions) and think about how habits apply to my writing life.
I’ve stumbled upon my writing habits. They work well and they are efficient. What I’m learning is although I can write in a variety of conditions on a variety of topics in a variety of genres, what I need is the variety.
It is important for me to write in my go-to spot (the other end of the couch from where Andy sits to watch a game) and it is important for me to move outside or to the kitchen table or away from home.
It is important for me to write in solitude and it is important for me to write in crowds.
It is important for me to grow ideas in my notebook and it is important for me to grow ideas through conversation with others.
It is important to cuddle into my comfort zone as a writer and it is important to courageously step into new territories.
By being conscious of my need for variety, I will be able to sustain a productive and creative writing life. How about you? What do you need in order to sustain your writing life?