I’m just getting into this whole structured writing thing. Previously, writing for me has always been either business related or in a journal. I was so very sporadic in regards to the journal though. Growing up, a lot of times it was just laying in my bed and dealing with teenage angsty stuff. My mom told me the other day that I made a declaration that I wasn’t going to write in my journal anymore because nothing I wrote in that ever came true. I was dramatic! I don’t remember that at all.
I think I got burnt out on writing, having to do so much of it for graduate school and work. Thinking back, I don’t think I got back into writing for the joy of it until the last couple of years. Even though I wasn’t writing, it’s always been at the back of my mind as an untapped dream.
Now I feel like it’s a new toy on the playground. I’m figuring it out and having fun. What I like, what I don’t like, what really gets me into the “zone”. I’m lucky that when I’m focused I can easily block out things that are going on around me. To the total chagrin of my husband. I can’t tell you how many times he’s told me something when he thought I was paying attention and my mind was really elsewhere.
I know a ton of writers have a process, a space, things that they do to get into the mood and to write. What’s yours? Do you have one? I personally really like having music on, right now I’m on a Hozier kick. It’s soothing. Like wrapping myself in a warm cozy blanket. Place is whatever feels good at the moment. I use to stick to my office, but it’s become to cave like. Then I moved to the living room but I feel like I’m less focused there. It’s too easy to turn on the TV and get distracted.
Today I’m sitting on a cushion on my back deck, my old man is on a bed next to me and we are both just enjoying being outside. I’m supposed to be working on the memoir I’ve been working on but decided to write this post instead. I have a few other things backing in my head, but I’m not ready to express it yet. I would love to get into writing fiction but I’m oh so intimidated by that. I’ll get there.
So… what are the things that you need to do to write, to create a space? Give you the place to be creative AF?