What works for me?
Quiet, home alone time
Time with another writer who is also working on her WIP – taking breaks and sharing progress
Time to mull, think, walk around the block if needed to sort out what happens next
Something to drink (tea, water, seltzer water)
Something to nibble on (nuts or if things are going badly, chocolate)
What doesn’t work for me?
Writing at a coffee shop or any place in public
List of ‘to do’s’ that really do need to be done
Rushed – words like ‘must’ ‘ought to’ ‘have to’ swirling through my brain
‘Pressure’ which is different than ‘Anticipation’
Bottom line I want:
An eagerness to sit down and write
Accomplishment at getting just the right word to convey what is going on
Anticipation and wonder at the story unfolding before me
An environment that invites me to write.
Supports (something to drink, to nibble on and most important – time).
But above everything else, if it isn’t fun, if I don’t experience joy in the process, it isn’t time for me to write.
That may seem ridiculous to some but for me, albeit my goal is to be published, the journey is of equal or maybe even greater importance. If I’m not enjoying the process, the journey of writing isn’t worth it. Life is too short to spend it anxious, depressed, frustrated, overwhelmed, etc. etc. etc when I can make that different.
Yes, I can make it different. I can and do use my mind to create the joy and anticipation I need to sit down and write. What tricks of the trade do you use to find joy in your writing? To know that even if you are never published you will regret not one minute of the journey?
You can read first chapters of my first three novels at www.JudithAshleyRomance.com.
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