The Write Stuff

From where I currently sit, I can see out the living room window into my backyard. I enjoy this view because it’s not a distracting one (no scandalous neighbourhood antics in these parts) but also, my living room makes me feel at peace. It’s a calm and cohesive space (especially when my toddler is fast asleep in her room and I’m typing away on my little laptop). I am most proud of this room (of all the rooms in this house) because of its classic, minimal, and inviting characteristics (save for Charlotte’s copious knick-knacks that sometimes litter the decorative rug).

My writing journey on this blog has taken me all over this house. I’ve written comfortably in my bed, at the kitchen table, sitting on the couch in the family room amid the din of the television in the foreground, and on the stairs in front of the main floor powder room while waiting for my toddler to poop in the potty. But this specific spot, overseeing my tranquil living room, this is where I like to write.

I love words. I’ve always loved words. I love reading them, crafting them, learning about them, conveying deep emotions through them, and I love writing them. It’s the only way I’ve ever been able to express myself clearly. I’m better with written words than I have ever been with spoken words. I’m someone who finds it difficult to think on my toes (I think they call that slow) but give me time and space, and I can usually get you with a lethal comeback a week later (most of the times).

This past year has been a journey for all of us- globally. But for me, it has also been an enduring writing quest. I’ve written so much in the last year- more than I’ve ever written in my life. Most of it, I am extraordinarily proud of. Albeit, there were a few ‘filler’ posts that were published either for the sake of meeting an internal deadline that I made for myself or I was like a sloth climbing out of the depths of writer’s block.

At the beginning, writing2I tried to come up with a consistent, weekly writing schedule. I even made an outline for myself and everything. I would write a pre-draft on Thursdays (mainly bullet points), pen a rough draft on Saturdays (think of a concept, develop the ‘bones’ of the post, add some research data as necessary), edit on Mondays, then Tuesdays would be reserved for final edits and scheduling the post to publish for Wednesday mornings. It was a beautifully organized schedule. And it worked- for like 6 weeks. I even had posts written ahead of schedule. Then I fell behind because, well, life. Life is typically complicated in the best of times- moods shift, covid mutates, work calls, laundry requires washing, children need dinner, husbands misplace keys- it’s the pace of life that one has to keep up with.

So, currently I write with no schedule other than I have to publish (without a question) something decently coherent on Wednesday mornings. Ideas pop into my head at any given time during the day or night, which I then conveniently jot down on my phone or a notepad near my computer. Of course I try to write whenever I have a slew of free time but usually it’s the last minute rush that thrusts me to the finish line. Realistically, Tuesdays are frantic because everything that I just outlined in my ‘dream writing schedule’ above is all packed into a Tuesday evening. I’m usually crotchety and sweating with the overwhelming pressure of a pending deadline while I helplessly stare at the clock, willing my brain to magically manifest a post and let the words flow. Please God, let the words flow.

Otherwise, it’s been a hoot! Eventually, I do want a more predictable and conventional writing schedule. A schedule that doesn’t involve extreme panic on Tuesday nights or the persistent fear of failure!

Some people wake up early to write and others write late at night. Some can only write on their computers and others are dedicated to their penmanship. How ever you write when you want to write is up to you- whatever works. So, what’s your writing process? Where do you write?

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52 thoughts on “The Write Stuff

  1. Like you I’ve gotten to a point where I write with no schedule other than to show up, Tuesdays in my case. I used to have an editorial calendar filled with plans, but gave up on that idea– not myself. As for when I write, usually in the early mornings, then revise in the afternoons. I write at a stand-up desk in our home office so my view doesn’t change.

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  2. I love hearing about other people’s creative processes, including blog processes. Because everyone’s is sooooo different! I tend to panic if I actually don’t have 3 or 4 posts ready to go at all times. Bc I don’t do well with last minute anything. And I’ve been trying to publish every Tuesday and Thursday. So I write something and schedule it. And then the day before or two days before I publish, I re-read and make sure it’s perfect. Then I email myself my marketing material so I can post on social media the next morning when it’s live. And do the same for my Thursday post. Then I make sure I have my Sunday newsletter at least started by Friday. But those are better when they’re spontaneous so sometimes I save to Saturday. And then it’s starts all over again!!! 🤣 Thank u for this one, I loved it! xo

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    • hahaha, Libby, I can totally relate to “then it starts all over again!” 🤣 Because Wednesday mornings I’m out there living my best life, got my post up, wooot! then ALL OF A SUDDEN IT’S TUESDAY NIGHT AGAIN AND I’M LIKE WHERE DID THE TIME GO!??! I’M NOT READY I HAVE NOTHING! 🤣🤣 Okay, it’s a little less dramatic than that but you get the point!

      I’m very impressed by your schedule! That takes a lot of maintenance, endurance, and dedication! And your posts are meaty and so thoughtful so I can only imagine the amount of work you put into them! 👏

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  3. I write all the time, but I don’t have a kid and a full-time job! Go you for finding the time! I’m impressed by that because you do a lot. 🙂

    I can totally relate to having a comeback a week later. So I try to keep, “Up yours, buddy!” on standby. I too articulate myself really well with writing, but in person? I’m like… what?! Uh. I seem sort of clueless and sluggish. Of course, I tell people this online, and they don’t believe me, so then when I meet them, it’s funny when they find out I’m telling the truth. 😀

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    • I still have moments that I replay (could be from like years ago) with a better comeback LOL.. I need to let go I think lol…

      Yea, I can relate with that real-life/writing life comparison too lol.. In real life I’m pretty monotone and quite expressionless LOL

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  4. I write whenever I have something to write about, but I do try to make an every-other-day post. Sometimes, it’s not possible. I’m trying to shy away from the OCD posts. If I don’t make it, the world won’t stop. 😉

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    • haha, that’s what I will start calling them – OCD posts! There’s something to be said about not breaking that streak! The world won’t fall apart but I’m afraid the habit will weaken. 😂 Again, all fear-based and I need to move away from that! 🙂

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  5. Some things about my writing style are predictable, and others I figure out as I go along. Unlike you, I don’t have a regular deadline for myself. I write when I feel like I’ve got something worth saying. I don’t think of it as writer’s block. It’s more like, is this thought worth writing about? If I believe that the answer is no, I don’t bother. When I do crank something out, I usually do it all at one time, unless for some reason I have to research something. I’m not saying that is the way to do it because writing is like any other habit. When we start to ignore the task, it becomes easier to avoid it in the future. I do all of my writing on my desktop computer, though I like to read from my Kindle reader from my laptop.

    I’m all about writers finding what works best for them. When Wednesday rolls around, I look for your posts (as a reader) because they are always engaging and thoughtful. Writing children’s novels, which is where my head is now, is a much different process. I try to do a little writing each day, but sometimes the ideas aren’t flowing, or as you say, life gets in the way. (I’m not raising a toddler either.) I don’t know if you’re familiar with the pantser/plotter terms, but I tend to be the former. A pantser writes by the seat of their pants. I like the freedom to do that, but I’m finding that it doesn’t work well when writing a novel because sometimes you write yourself into a corner—meaning something is implausible or illogical. Then you end up having to go back and try and fix the whole confusing mess or chuck it completely. Plotters figure out exactly where their story, blog post, etc., are going ahead of time. That sounds more like your style, and I’m moving in that direction for story writing.

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    • I’ve never heard of those terms pantser/plotter but I am a bit of both, I believe. I write by the seat of my pants when ideas or inspiration strikes and in those moments if I had the time I bet I could churn out a post with very little effort. But life takes hold usually in those moments and I don’t often get that time so I just jot down ideas hoping that when I see my words again, the flow will resume. Sometimes this doesn’t happen as readily which is when I get frustrated with myself and the plotter comes into play because then I start to break it down and structure bit by bit! Thanks for always being so kind & genuine, Pete! 🙂 Your journey to writing your second book is admirable! I’m rooting for you!

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      • Much respect to you for finding a way to balance your life as a wife, mother, worker, and writer. The best teachers are those who show through their actions, and Charlotte is going to be the beneficiary of that.

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  6. I’m impressed you made it 6 weeks on the schedule! It’s so easy to miss one and then just let it all go. I like schedules, too, but also… I don’t like them. So for me, I jut down ideas (as future posts) and keep working on them until I feel like they’re ready. But on the other hand, there are posts that I write hours before I post them. It’s a hoot, you got it right with that comment!

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    • haha thanks! I had that one filler post that I set aside for a future desperate/emergency week where I’d feel so out of it I couldn’t produce a viable post and I was able to squeeze it out to 6 weeks but now I just fly by the seat of my pants! 🤣 Although it’s not like I’m starting from zero… like you, I have a folder of ideas posts/half-written posts that just need more juice and editing (and maybe the right timing) so I feel okay most weeks! phew!! LOL

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  7. Oh gosh, I can totally relate when you mentioned that you might not have a good comeback immediately, but then you’ll have a zinger of one a week later! That is ME! Lol, I’m not very good spontaneously, so that’s why blogging suits me as a form of communication. People that know me in the real world think I’m quiet. I do have alot to say, but I need time to put it together so that it makes sense. I don’t really have a blogging schedule (real life makes it almost impossible), so I just try to squeeze in what I can when I can! 🙂

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  8. Thanks for sharing this! I plan my content calendar a month at a time, and stay at least two weeks ahead on scheduling. Usually it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I use spreadsheets to keep track of where I’m at, and to make sure I don’t forget any tasks.

    When I start a post, I jot down ideas and a framework with good old-fashioned pen and paper. Once I have that in place, I do most of my writing, creating and editing on my iPad, sitting in my rocking chair in the living room. Then, I move to the computer to load the post and images on WordPress, do a final review, and plan and schedule my Pins.

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  9. I’ve tried all mediums, just to know more about the craft and myself in general, and I find I’m most productive on a computer, but my mind (and eyes) likes it when I use pen and paper. Also, my best timing is in the early mornings when people haven’t woken up yet. Anyway, thanks for this post!

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  10. I’m much better on paper. I’m also a ponderer and a free spirit, but I usually write once a week. Yesterday at school, I started a very messy draft on paper while students took exams. Once home, I started typing on the couch (I mostly write on the couch). I’m not exactly sure where this one is headed, so I’m pondering some more. I’ll probably post tomorrow or Monday.

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  11. I am so glad I’m not alone on a writing schedule. Like you, I have posts planned (maybe not fully written), and then school and life become top priority. Then as I’m scrambling to catch up with reader’s blogs, I have to reblog, and…and… sigh! I’m spontaneous, I write and post from the heart. If I had to have a schedule, i would feel like a popped balloon.

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  12. Wow well I think your space is absolutely gorgeous! No wonder you enjoy writing in your living room. I’ve been scheduling my posts but I know that it won’t always be consistent and maybe that’s the beauty of it! You can be as spontaneous as you want and if you skip a week… then you’ll just have more to write about later.

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  13. Depending on my mood I write either on paper, ipad or my phone, depends on what I feel like in that moment. The importance is the words you’re writing. Words mean much more than we know I cannot explain it, it’s that feeling… unexplainable

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  14. Your living room is gorgeous!
    I don’t have a schedule exactly, but I try to write for 30 minutes a day. If I said to myself that I would only write when I feel really inspired, I’d get round to about 3 posts a year!

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  15. That view is inspiring 😉
    I’m trying my best to keep a schedule…I have tried a few so far because as you said, life happens, and need to change.
    I like to write in my balcony with pool view and surrounded by a few plants…that’s so far the best place, but I do write everywhere too…too bad the house is small though 😁

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  16. I’m also better at expressing myself through words and needing 3-4 business days for witty comebacks.
    I tend to write when I’m in bed, getting under the covers early. I can’t say I put much thought into what I write, planning isn’t in my nature but I do feel like I should make more of an effort to share the good stuff, rather than focus on the emotions. But that’s my theme now. I’m happy with it.

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    • Your comebacks online are pretty witty lol but then again you proved your point lol blogging does allow us to modify and think about what we want to type and put out there in advance I suppose! 🙂

      Oh, I used to write in bed a lot but I found I would get sleepy and just chuck my laptop aside (ever so gently) lol and doze off lol. I must admit, the draw with your blog is that you’re very real and honest with your emotions (good and bad) you definitely put it all out there and I appreciate that real voice! 🙂

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  17. As much as I’d love to stick to a schedule my writing is very mood based. I write when my mind is in a creative mood – so sticking to a schedule is SO difficult for me. Funnily, I usually do a lot of my writing on my phone while commuting to work – it is crazy how most of my blog ideas either come to me in the shower or while on the go. 😀

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    • I totally get that. I am quite mood-based as well but I never get time to actually write when my mood calls for it so I have to carve time instead but I try to jot things down soon as I feel them (I write notes about the words I think of to describe how I feel, what images are conjured up, etc) so that I can remember it when I do have the time to write! 🙂

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  18. I loved getting lost in your words; the clever titled pulled me right in as I do love a story well told, whether it be about writing, how a writer writes, or a relationship with words. I am a spur of the moment kind of gal myself, but I also enjoy the motivating friendship I have with schedules. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, Jaya. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. I love everything about writing and sometimes it’s hard to explain that to people… lol so it’s great meeting like-minded folks through my blog 🙂

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  19. I absolutely can relate to this so much! I was looking for some late night inspiration and here comes the headline catching eyes! I really appreciate the fact that you attempted a routine and sharing why that stopped – because, same! I really thought I was some psycho who would write every blasted blue moon and then come back like, “Hi, it’s me again.” *awkward wave* I also really enjoyed how you manage to keep writing on a schedule as much as you can. That’s a lot of self-discipline and I think that’s one thing that keeps me from showing up a lot of the times. Hope you’ve been well! Catch you again soon. 🙂

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    • Aw hey! So glad to see you here, it’s been a while! Yes, the posting once a week has continued but the madness is on-going! lol .. I’m still trying to figure out a better writing schedule but for now, at least I have a decent posting schedule! Catch you in the next one! 🙂

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      • *Digital high-five* for keeping it consistent! That’s the difference. It’s really so great to hear from you! And tell me about the madness! lol Or, I can wait til the next post. Haha! I know you always have some good tea to share. ❤ Yes! Next post, next post! lol

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  20. I had a daily blog for 2 years – mostly a haiku and a photo from that day. It’s addictive but it is also a stressor. And one year I tried to blog every day from Sept to Sept when I was working full time plus all my call hours. Now I write when I have something to say and inspiration strikes. I do some “challenges” as it’s a good way to interact with other bloggers. I think it’s whatever works for the writer at that point in their life. Bernie

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    • Yes, good point Bernie! I really tow the line between doing this as a passion and working myself up to a huge stressor every week… I think some small level of stress is good because it lights a fire under my butt and gets the creative part of my mind working (when sometimes it just wants to be lazy and watch YouTube!) so in those instances, I don’t mind that little bit of stress… Wow 2 years of daily blogs, on top of everything else! That’s admirable and something I know I definitely would not be able to do!

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