perils with writing and whatnot
I have some quirks about my writing that I know I need help in curbing. If there was any writing group in this little town, I’d be finding a way to become a member of it. Unfortunately, the bulk of this community is middle-aged to seniors trying to stay youthful through physical activities. I can understand this endeavor and would probably join them if I could. I’ve looked into online writing groups. Although I’ve joined one, Writing.Com, the spontaneous give and take isn’t there. Anyway, my passion is in the realm of writing, which I love dearly, and I’m trying my darndest to be more of the writer I feel I can be.
I read some of the blogs writing by writers, both professional and hobbyists. Many have written posts about their routine for writing. They list what they do first, second, third, et cetera. All points are worthwhile to consider for the one who is reading the post.
One of the items listed seems to always be –have a quiet place to write-. This is a must for me. Without the quiet, there isn’t a chance in he** I’ll be able to write anything coherent.
I’ve come across people who are able to write while at a coffee shop, a park or wherever. How do they do that? Do they wear earplugs? Do they have some magical way to block out what is going on around them? There are times when even the whisper of the furnace or air conditioner will distract me.
Could it be that it’s a case of me having overly sensitive hearing? Actually, I can’t see how that could be possible seeing that part of my disability entails tone deafness in my right ear. If anything, I don’t hear well enough.
I could have issues with staying focused. In truth, I know this already. It’s another part of my disability. Some of my cognitive functions have been damaged, concentration being one of the big ones. The only solution I have come up with to successfully manage this deficiency is to have my surroundings as quiet as possible when I’m working on anything I deem as important.
Another item I see on many of these lists is –a solid routine-. I fall short in this area but have nothing to blame it on other that my reluctance to organize my days better.
I guess I could blame it on my husband’s work schedule. I’m a morning person, yet his job shift is late afternoon to late evening. I could tell you how ingrained my natural habits are, but the truth is I probably could change the time my creative juices are flowing to a later time. Between five o’clock and six o’clock in the early evening, I get what is called my second wind. On good days, it will last until approximately 8 o’clock. That isn’t a lot of time for writing but, with determination, it could make a good chunk of writing time. This may also solve the problem with noise I seem to be so susceptible to.
An item I see on lists that I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around is -when to do any of the editing-. I know that in order to get a good train of thought going, a writer should just write. Forget about misspelled words, grammar errors, and questions about the flow of the script. I know that I should just keep on writing until I feel done, at least for a short while.
Yet, I find myself stopping to look up a word in the Thesaurus or Dictionary, or I know for certain that I can make a phrase, sentence or a whole paragraph sound better and will stop to do that. I want to stop doing this. These things can wait until I’m done with the initial writing. The way I’m doing it now, I’ll never get past the first draft.
DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR ME? The first two problems are things I may have found solutions for but this third idiosyncrasy has me trapped and is making me counterproductive.
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