My Writing Process

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The write thing Project 365(2) Day 12
Image by Keith Williamson via Flickr/Creative Commons

It's Day 3 of #bloglikecrazy. Yesterday's prompt asked "Why do you blog?" Today's prompt asks "How?"

Here are some things I've noticed, over the years, about my writing process:

My best ideas come to me in the shower. I will repeat words and phrases over and over like a chant until I can get to a notebook or electronic device to record my thoughts.

I usually come up with titles for posts before writing them. That was not the case with this post. I had no idea what to title this until about five seconds before I hit "Publish." (And as you can see, I didn't come up with anything creative.)

My titles are usually not SEO friendly, but I don't care. I'm a sucker for a clever headline.

Whether I'm working on a blog post or a reported article for a freelance gig,  I can't write a word until I've decided on my lede.

 My best blog posts are always those that I wrote on paper first.

Even though I love my laptop, tablet and my phone, I still prefer to plan posts and collect ideas the old-fashioned way -- in notebooks.

In my bedroom, I have about a dozen notebooks filled with lists, dreams, and ideas.  And I ALWAYS keep a notebook with me -- even if I'm at a party. I have a special tiny notebook perfect for stashing in a clutch.

I still keep a journal, but not in the "Dear Diary" sense. In my journal I write prayers and things I've learned about God.

I strive to write prose that reads like verse.

I'm afraid to write a book.

When it comes to generating blog post ideas, I am a machine. I have an uncanny ability to find inspiration anywhere. Sure, I read magazines, books, and blogs for ideas but I also find inspiration while people watching at the airport, while painting my nails on a Friday night, while watching good movies and bad TV, and while dancing to my favorite song.

I write best in the morning, but I've taught myself to write anytime, anywhere -- sort of. I still haven't figured out how to write in the shower.

What's your writing process?


  1. Ideas usually just come to me when I sit down to write.That was how I blogged for the last 3 years. This month, I decided to try something new. I am doing NaBloPoMo this month and I decided to plot out my blog posts for a month. I sat down and brainstormed and came up with 30 posts! I was amazed at what a little concentration can do!

  2. I keep telling myself to suction cup a dry erase board to the shower wall, but I never do. Very interesting on the pen and paper leading to the best posts. I haven't taught myself to write anytime anyplace yet (cue Janet Jackson song), but I'm hoping this blogging challenge will help with that.