Cassy's Corner- Writing Times and Techniques
How do you write? When do you write?
Today I am interested in hearing about how and where you write. Next week we’ll tackle the “tools of writing.” Simple things that can make our day. That is, if we’ve figured out where our match is.
Talking with my writing buddies, I've discovered that each of us has developed an approach to our writing that uniquely suits our own style and temperament. I have one friend who can write at soccer games, baseball practice and waiting in the car for kids to spill out of school. I have another buddy who sits at a Starbucks or a local diner “paying” for the privilege of the table with hefty tips. She claims it’s a lot cheaper than renting office space.
We all know the stories our colleagues tell. I’ve canvassed a few:
- I love the noise of the coffee house; it helps me concentrate.
- I put my iPod ear buds in and the music helps me focus on my work.
- I have different music I play for the different kinds of scenes I write. It helps me with the right mood.
- I get up early so I can get 3 pages written before the kids and my husband are needing my time. Then I get ready for work.
- I write late at night after tucking both the kids and my husband in, then it’s my turn. If I get 500 words written, I’m thrilled.
- I shower, get dressed in pretty clothes, put on the whole make-up deal, then begin writing. It might take all day. But I can’t even start without being ready to face the world. Yes, it’s just my world, but I need to do that.
- I live in my sweats. No make up, hair pulled back in a pony tail, maybe not even a shower until later in the day. When it’s time to write, that is the moment I can’t lose.
- I only write on deadline. Without that. Phew. There is so much in the way I have trouble with the discipline. So, bring on the calendar and tell me when I hit the “send” button.
- Don’t use my name. I have periods of down time at my job. I confess to sneaking time to write. I look busy. No one knows what I’m typing and I end up with a few extra pages.
For me? I can’t take any noise, any distraction, any fuss. No music. No email. No dogs begging for just one more bone. Nothing. It is so noisy inside my head I can’t handle any additions to the cacophony. If I were a cat (God, help me, for I am highly allergic to the little buggers), I’d use examples such as needing time to sniff my territory, sharpen pencils, make tea, circle twice around the fluffy pillow (except mine is a warm wrap that I love around my shoulders) and finally settling in. This is about setting up the moment, then off I go.
I need the rituals of getting ready. Knowing this is my time to put my words on the screen. Time that is like putting the "Do Not Disturb" sign outside the door.
What are your experiences? What works for you? I’d love to hear your stories. We are in a crazy business and each of us has come down a different path. Making it work for you is knowing what really does work for you. Then, after that, we can begin the plotting, the pacing, the sagging middle, and typing THE END. Next? Well, we start again.