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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?