Hi and welcome!
Grab a drink and a snack, make yourself comfortable and I will begin! Ready?
If, like me, you have spent a ridiculous amount of time reading posts on how to become a writer or how to get ideas, then you have come to the right place. I’m here to tell you that it’s ok to not have a perfectly polished routine, or to write at least one short story a day, or even to write every day at all (I literally just heard every writer in the world gasp and throw their pens at me!).
The quick explanation is that it’s your writing and you can do what you like but the long and better explained version is this…. When you are first finding your feet people will tell you that you MUST do this and you HAVE to do that but the truth is, you don’t. Sure, taking others advice is good, but trying to be someone else will only hinder your progress. Trust me, I found this out the hard way!
I went to a book signing and made friends with a great children’s author who I follow on Instagram, cos I’m cool like that, and she posts a lot of pictures of the eggs she eats. A lot. And I love it! I love that she is not afraid to only show her writing side, but also her quirky egg obsessed side. Part of her routine is eating eggs before she writes. That’s pretty unconventional and I bet no-one else does that. I tried it. It didn’t work for me. I could not form a connection between egg eating and writing. I tried scrambled, poached, fried, hidden in cake (don’t judge me!!). But it just didn’t work for me.
So I moved on to someone else’s regime, this time it was a male adult fiction writer who sat down every morning and told himself he couldn’t leave his chair until he had written 500 words. This did not work for me either, I found that I began this weird process of bargaining with myself over word count, basically like a crazy person and I’m already on the edge of this anyway! This process clearly didn’t work for me, I was becoming weirder by the day.
What works for me? Well first and foremost being a writer is about passion, it’s having the desire within you to put words on paper (or on the screen) and create something that wasn’t there before. You already have this, otherwise you probably wouldn’t be reading my babbling! Secondly, there is no right or wrong process, don’t try and be someone else, be you. Create your own process, or don’t have a process, it really is up to you.
I love regimes, I literally never stick to them but I love creating them, I find the process soothing. This for me, is part of my writing, as much a part as if I wrote 100 words on a subject. I need to do it, it clears my mind and helps me to organise my thoughts. I also keep a packet of bon bons hidden in my pen draw, you know, for bon bon related emergencies!
So go out there my friends and be unconventional, find your own process, no matter how weird, and get writing!
See you soon…..