A friend of mine has been struggling with writer’s block and asked me about my writing process. I never gave much thought to the mechanics of my writing. Then as I was reading “Steal like an Artist,” I realized I do have a specific creative process.
- When an idea comes to me, I stop whatever I’m doing, open up the Notes App on my phone and write until I no longer have anything coming out of my head in a rapid fire manner.
- I would write by hand, but my handwriting is horrible and undecipherable. Using my phone is my way of handwriting. I feel a greater connection to my thoughts and feelings using Notes. It’s almost a physical connection, I can feel myself purging what’s in my head.
- I let my ideas flow without judgment. I don’t worry about grammar or spelling because that gets in the way of me capturing ideas freely.
- I Write all in one block. No paragraphs.
- Once the words stop coming out easily, I stop and close the app.
- I go back and add to it as things come to mind.
- I Email whatever I wrote to myself and post it into a draft on WordPress to work on later.
- I take that raw data in block form and try to create something usable out of my cluttered thoughts
- I post it to my blog, Medium or Facebook
I don’t like to write on my computer because it feels boring and robotic. I look at a computer all day at work. It lacks authenticity and shuts down my creativity. The only purpose it serves for me is fine-tuning and posting the finished product.
So that’s it, that’s how I write