Well, I told Angela I’d draft at least four days last week. It only ended up being three, but the week was more productive than I’ve seen in awhile. I’m making strides (at 28 weeks pregnant) in focusing and not looking ahead to the future and what it will do to my writing, but it’s still hard to sit down and write. Then I had an epiphany.
One night after I’d gotten up for the *#%@th time to relieve myself, I couldn’t get back to sleep. So I started thinking about my WIP and what was going to happen next. By the time I fell asleep, I had a clear view of what I wanted to accomplish in the next scene. The next morning when it was time to write, I had no trouble sitting down and hammering it out.
That’s when I realized what I’d been doing wrong. Knowing that I’d have less writing time in the future, I’d been trying to streamline my time into smaller chunks, which was a good idea, I think. But in doing so, I’d stopped thinking about my novel in between. Used to be, I’d be thinking about it in the car, in the shower, while I walked—so much that by the time I sat down to write, I was mentally ready to get it all out. When I removed that mental writing from my day, I wasn’t motivated to draft because I wasn’t prepared.
So…whew! Mystery solved. If I can spend some time each night thinking about the next day’s drafting, I should be better prepared to write. How about everyone else? Is the mental part of your writing important, or are you one of those sick people who can just sit down and tap-tap-tap the story out?
Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, a portal to powerful, innovative tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.