I’m happy. It’s Sunday and I’m on a writing date with my friend. We are committed to writing and the process of writing. Today I’m setting up a few blogs so that I can focus on other writing projects and my friend is working on the other side of writing, the technical side of things; like formatting her books and getting them prepared for a new writing program because she has changed from a laptop to a Mac. I’m living vicariously through her at the moment. I still like my laptop but know that I will transition to a Mac soon.
It takes time to set up programs and resources just the way you like to for the pure ease of practically. I can spend hours on setting up spreadsheets for character development and go down the rabbit hole of research for my characters. But now that I have set up my templates I don’t have to create them again. Hours of tinkering can go by but it never feels like work at all. That’s the beauty of my creative life, it may seem like work to some people but for me, it’s necessary work and joyful work to maintain my creative life. Take my writing room for example:
My room is set up like an office, but with unique features like there are vision boards all over the walls, jars of pens and highlighters on window sills and stacks of books next to my desk and on the floor by a book shelve that is half empty because I’ve pulled the books I like to have close to me that are now on the floor. Sounds rational to me, and to some people, it may look like a bit of a mess but for me, it’s my creative space and it’s perfect the way it is. Until I can’t find a book or a notebook that I need and it’s buried under a stack of other books. Then I’ll I spend an hour moving books around on shelves and then I find hidden treasures that I forgot about; like one notebook with some story ideas that I had months prior and wrote to myself, ‘will come back to this at some point’. Voila! The story has summed me once again by re-organizing my creative space. I love how creativity is able to gently poke at you to remind you to get to work.
Preparing for your writing is important. I try to have a plan of what I will be working on and it feels great when I cross off the list that one goal for my writing session. I plan on spending time with my character development later on today and I’m happy that I spent the time to set up the spreadsheets so each time I work on character development there are no other distractions.
How do you prepare for your writing sessions? Do you have spreadsheets for character development or do you use a writing program like Scrivener? Do you have stacks of research books in your writing space or notebooks waiting to be re-discovered? Have you found any hidden treasures lately?
Until Next Time, Keep On Typing. . . .