We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
Writing is the one area of my life where I’ve yet to feel like I know what I’m doing. In most of my other endeavors, with maybe a little effort and modest instruction I quickly feel like I can do it well. With writing, I feel like I’m starting at the beginning every time I sit at my keyboard.
Today’s #writing101 prompt has me taking a good look at my writing practice, something I’ve done repeatedly over the past year, but from a different perspective. The actual physical act of sitting to write is not something I’ve thought much about, but am quickly realizing that it may be a critical piece to my lack of consistency over the past months.
To my dismay, I don’t have a solid writing habit. I am constantly composing themes and witty anecdotes in my head, and while many of them actually make it into my OneNote app, few of them ever see a “publish” button on this blog. There is no lack of content, that’s for sure. There is, however, a lack of writing…and it frustrates me. So let’s figure this out!
Looking back over the past year, my best writing has happened on a cozy couch with a mug of coffee. I can be productive in a coffee shop, or even a library, but it always seems to be an early-morning-with-coffee activity. I’ve been doing a lot of “work” on other people’s schedules in the past few months, so my mornings haven’t always been free, so I’ve tried many times to force myself into a blog post “after work” but it never pans out. It seems the day’s activities cloud my thoughts and there are too many mental errands to check off the list before I can write. I’ve been frustrated by this, as I’ve always thought of myself as a night-owl – getting most of my “stuff” done in the late hours of the day…but writing seems to demand a different atmosphere and energy. Interesting.
I don’t have a fancy notebook or pen and my on-the-go lifestyle demands that I travel light, so having a laptop is really all I need. I have posted using my smartphone, in a pinch – but those have been highly time-sensitive and impossible to resist thoughts that just must be shared NOW! I have realized that I do need wifi. I need to be able to look up the word, the place name, the ingredient, the THING that only google can answer in order to complete a post. If I ever start an article and have to leave it for later, it rarely gets published. So – you’ve learned something here, almost every item you read on this blog is a one-and-done thing. Links, photos, content…all of it in one shot!
I think better when I have background noise to block out – but it has to be a podcast or a non-scripted tv show. Music and sitcoms are too distracting. Even as a kid, I did my homework while the television was running in the background. Coffee shops are ok, but I will often wear earbuds to dull the sound. Library’s are too quiet, so I’ll stream something in the background. I just need to be comfortable….feet tucked under me on a soft chair or couch, or even a bed, as I’m writing from now.
So it would seem that if I’m going to make a habit of this writing thing – I need to plan some solid “couch time” into my life. I think I’ll test that theory this weekend! A friend recently told me that she loves when I write about customer experiences or other travelers…what do you like to read from me? Leave a comment below, or “Like” a post you’ve really enjoyed!