Staying Out Of The Headlights: On Finding My Own Writing Process

March 26, 2018 § 138 Comments


KDaly Author Photo.jpegBy Kara Daly

I’ve always hated writing prompts. They shine headlights on me and I freeze. On-the-spot writing exercises fill with me with fear, creating a barrier between myself and what I need to say. The pressure does the opposite for me what it does for others. I require inspiration and an open field in order to write, whether it’s poetry, prose, or music. But I don’t have to resign myself to a life of being a helpless “vessel.” I can comb my life for patterns, name them, and learn to create the conditions for inspiration to occur, and my field opens.

I had a teacher once, who I love and respect, and whose passion for writing inspires me to this day. But I remember something she said at the beginning of the course that, at the time, struck me deeply, but which seems contrary to how operate as a writer. She said, “When people tell me they’re a writer, I don’t ask them what they write. I ask them when they write.”

She was getting at the importance of writing everyday. Writers write. Right? I took that to heart and for a few years I wrote everyday; during that time I started publishing for the first time.

But several years later, I realize there’s more than one way to be a writer. Discipline is essential, I think, but the degree depends on the individual. I need a good dose of inspiration in order to write, as well, and writing everyday eventually starts to feel robotic and kills my inspiration. My path to success looks like naming how I operate as a creative, and then setting out to create the conditions for optimal function.

I’m more of a binge writer. I have to pull way back and let my creative pulse breathe. Then, at some point, I go in and I write and write and write. For so much of my life I’ve known this about myself, but I’ve resisted it because I didn’t see this trait in serious writers. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to respect the cyclic nature of my creative life. To know what stage I’m in and act in ways that are supportive.

When I’m in the writing stage, then I can push. I can cancel plans and stay home to produce. After the writing stage, I’m revising and reflecting and finding homes for my work. After that, I need to be out in the world, being social. I also need to be studying and reading regularly. That’s where I collect my material and eventually become inspired, and the process begins again.

Discipline, for me looks like reading and studying regularly, considering myself forever in school. Journaling almost every day and keeping a notebook to write down ideas, observations, to-do lists, quotes, etc. Being disciplined in my studies sometimes jumpstarts the writing process, or it leads me to other projects. This is how I amend my agony over my human-ness. I set my intention, I am machine-like in my studies, and I give myself permission to wait for inspiration.

The other concept that I’ve had to reckon with is audience. Any writer who’s been through academia knows that you have to know your audience, which implies you have to have one. But this is another headlight that freezes me in my place. It brings questions like “Where will this be published?” and “Is this word going to stop an editor from accepting this?” and the whole system shuts off.

I’ve learned that I write best, and sometimes write only if I write for myself. My new protocol is to aim to please me, and me only. Of course, we have to go back during the revision process and check ourselves, or reckon with the person who wrote that, especially if we’re privileged. But in draft one, I’m only comfortable saying what needs to be said if I’m writing to myself.

Sometimes in the revision process, my audience expands to others like me. I write for my generation, I write for other women, for example. But I can’t get there if I don’t first write for myself. Kind of like the old adage, you can’t love someone unless you love yourself first. I always have to come first in my writing.

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Kara Daly is a poet and songwriter who, every two years, finds herself needing to relocate to a new city for no reason at all. She’s currently en route to Chicago, but you can find her at www.karadalypoetry.wordpress.com or hear her at www.soundcloud.com/karadaly. Her poetry has been published in The Pacifica Literary Journal, Garbanzo Literary Journal, Blue Monday Review, and Gloom Cupboard.

 

 

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§ 138 Responses to Staying Out Of The Headlights: On Finding My Own Writing Process

  • Hi. Lovely article but the SoundCloud link is broken.

  • Monica Graff says:

    Thank you for this! I can relate to every word.

  • bethfinke says:

    Love that phrase “binge writing.” Afraid I only do it when I’m on deadline, though! And welcome to Chicago, eager to hear what you think of our city once you arrive. After hitting the “send” button on this comment I’ll head over to your blog to hit the “follow” button there to find out. Safe travels.

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  • 1WriteWay says:

    What a relief to find another writer who doesn’t force herself into a mold that others created. I am a random writer, writing when I can and without a plan … for now. But discipline is still key, as Kara says. I know I would be more productive (and happier) if I were more disciplined about my random writing.

  • i think Hart Crane was a binge writer, he’d get inspired & then wrote huge swathes of The Bridge in short bursts; that’s why it took him a long time to write it.
    i agree with your process & reasons, i am somewhat of the same habit, however i tend to the opinion that the study & jotting down in a notebook is all part of the process of writing, so that even these indirect actions are a necessary part of the result of a piece of writing.

  • Wise guidance, Kara. I share your fear of writing prompts; they worked for a while for me, but only occasionally help me now. Absolutely right that there’s more than one way to be a writer. I believe there IS a right way – it’s the way that works for YOU; the practice/discipline/approach that helps you put words on paper. Glad you’ve discovered (and claimed) the path that’s best for you.

  • Beth Franz says:

    I want to add my thanks, too, for your having taken the time to get down these simple – but powerful – reminders of what the writing life requires of us: the courage to continue to find our own way! Some of us need to be reminded (constantly) that part of what draws us to the writing life is that there is no “right” way to do it, that we are drawn to it precisely because of its mystery. Always a pleasure to hear that others are both struggling (at times) and managing to find (at times) their way.

  • Eva says:

    What a great post! Love this!

  • Catherine says:

    I agree Kara. I write with spontaneously. I’ve been journaling since age 8 and I have had my blog since 2013. I don’t write everyday, I write when inspiration strikes which I feel is when I do my best writing.

  • melzinmess says:

    This is is relieving to know that someone doesn’t force her way through writing. I can totally relate to this. Writing happens as a flow. Thank you for this! 🙂

  • Umi Shamji says:

    I agree on your writings method – to write for yourself and bring out the best results from there 🙂

  • Amen to all that! We have to find the process that works for us. I always feel guilty–like I’m upsetting the writing gods–when I don’t sit down to write every day. But the process of writing involves more than putting pen to paper; there is a lot of inspiration-collecting and synthesizing that must happen before the actual jotting down. Wonderful post–thank you, I’m following.

  • Love it. I’m a creative binger myslef. Whether were talking music writing or animation. I will try and start setting the circumstance for inspiration. I never thought about recreating the possibility for inspiration. I’ve always just grabbed it when I can.

  • zoereminise says:

    Okay… that’s quite a relief, this actually means a lot, first I wasn’t sure if I could classify my self as a writer cus all of my writing is kinda personal, I thought to myself who will even be interested in reading and that kinda discouraged me, am glad to learn that sometimes it’s not about what others think of your piece but how it best shows the true you and your confortability…
    Second of all, I write randomly, I don’t have a specific time I write, sometimes I write all week depending on that week was for me and sometimes there’s a space of one month cuz nothing has happened that’s worth writing about.. please how do I follow you ma

  • I love this: “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to respect the cyclic nature of my creative life.” It’s difficult to respect thing we wish were different, that’s how I’ve always felt. I’m the same way, I got in waves…but I don’t like that about my process and so it’s tough to respect it. But I’m learning. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Christian Thomas Golden says:

    Ha! Yes, binge writing. I’m afraid my breaks between binges are far too wide (last time I binged was a few years ago). I’m currently on a binge, and it feels great. In the years between my last binge and this one, however, I’d try to write. TRY to write. That was the problem. I write because I HAVE to write. It’s not a matter of trying, it’s a matter of feeling so compelled that I have to put effort in to NOT write. When I try to write, I feel the falseness of it. I type, delete, type, delete, over and over.

  • The Medical Mama says:

    I don’t write every day in the sense of everything I write gets published every day. I work on my articles every day though. I write about things I see other moms asking questions about. Then I do my diligent research and I just instinctively create that passion inside of me (it’s the nurse in me). Thank you for sharing!

  • WL Hawkin says:

    I agree completely and find myself in a similar creative process to you. I don’t understand people who say “I write every day. It’s garbage and I hate every word.” Inspiration is about spirit and the muse. If that’s not with you, do something else. Listen and it will come. We are all different and there is no one way to write.

  • I just started my writing process and your post really inspired me to, move in a positive direction

  • Innominate says:

    I am replying to test and see how I look when replying on another blog.

    I enjoyed the article, thank you.

  • rissilvia says:

    I’m much the same way. I generally combat it by having more than one project going at any given point, so when I lose inspiration for one project I can hop over to another. But if I’m not outside living, and interacting and doing, I eventually burn out and fall flat. I usually don’t write for more than an hour or two a day, unless I’m in The Mode, so that I have plenty of time for the rest of my life.

  • watspotblog says:

    I think the greatest thing is for a writer to discover that it’s okay they don’t have the same process as someone else, or even everyone else. For years, I was told that REAL writers kept a writer’s notebook and constantly jotted things/ideas into it. I quickly found that that just wasn’t for me. I hated carrying that thing around and when inspiration hit, I didn’t want to jot down a short idea into a notebook. I need my laptop or phone to type quickly or vocally record my thoughts because they came so quickly and I didn’t want to miss anything. Moral of the story: I’m not a writer who keeps a notebook, but I’m still a writer and learning to love my own process has only helped me be a better one. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Very inspirational and great advice for new writers!

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  • I completely agree and find myself on a very similar predicament but I use eft techniques whenever I feel stuck. Points for you for moving so much, i unusually move often too but just apartments or tiny houses in the same big city but in Canada we don’t have as many options unless one likes to freeze … Great piece, thank you

  • K.M. Sutton says:

    I can relate to this. I also am a “Binge writer.” I have always loathed prompts and charts. It feels so stagnate. I also agree that writing for ourselves is the best possible way. It can get so easy to get sucked into the commercialized aspects of writing, but we really lose who we are when we do. Thank you for sharing this! ❤

  • She says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Your choice of wording laps gently and harmoniously with the tone of your piece. You are clearly a talented writer. An excellent read, and very relevant in a sphere of people look in to develop their trade in wordage. Just excellent, ineffable. Thank you!

  • MZ says:

    Its so nice to read your post. I know discipline is the key. I am a new blogger. I enjoy writting, and can spend entire day putting up one post. I guess i need to write more often. Bring that discipline. Thanks for sharing these insights.🙂

  • I totally relate. I write in spurts and then go on break but in the meantime, write down my ideas and revisit.

  • Great post. I recently just posted my first blog and it took a detailed process before I could spill out my thoughts. Reading and observing were essential in the journey. I loved every word you said.

  • Maxtrap says:

    Welcome to the club!

  • sarahmente says:

    Thank you Kara! Like you, I bought into the “need” to write everyday yet like you, fare better under a different pattern. Thank you for the reminder to listen to my own creative beat.

  • I really love that you are listening to your voice and writing for you. We can get so conditioned that others know best, but self reflection and listening to our inner voice are not only freeing but I believe crucial for us to grow and flourish.

  • Thank you for sharing this! It took me the longest time to not feel guilty for not writing every single day. I definitely had to come to terms with the fact that I’m just not that kind of writer — and that’s okay.

  • imelaaaaa says:

    Hey I got a question .. What is this that you wrote? An essay or A poem?

  • imelaaaaa says:

    Anyway I love it thank you

  • Emilei Russell says:

    I can totally relate. I feel as I should be more disciplined but the creativity comes when it wants! This is a great article!!

  • Thank you, Kara! The paragraph that most speaks to me is the one beginning “When I’m in the writing stage . . . I can cancel plans . . . ” et cetera. As a former print journalist, I learned and developed a methodical pattern based on editorial direction and partnership. That is, my editors and I worked together well to create our “babies,” our stories. Then I took a poetry class and learned a different approach, following prompts. Today, since returning to my first love, the essay, my prompts are picture ideas. Blogging seemed to grant me freedom to do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, until I realized that, no, I must discipline myself to produce a polished piece EVERY week. That works best for me.

  • Aurora Grace says:

    Such a beautiful thing to read. I love that your writing comes from your heart and your inspiration shines through

  • Bellz says:

    I really appreciate your honesty and coming forth to share your struggles. I totally identify and find that my biggest issue is procrastination.

  • Justin Jones says:

    Thank you so much. I really love this

  • Life as Leila says:

    Totally agree! I binge write and binge read and alternate. When I have things to write I write them. When i don’t have time to write but I have ideas I make notes.

  • herheadache says:

    I checked out your music. I am on Soundcloud too, but with my brother, in audio and podcasting. Love your lyrics.

  • Srijana says:

    I can relate to this I’m a binge writer too

  • I understand. I like to write for myself. I went to college and for many courses, I couldn’t write on prompt. Now, it is weird, like college almost ruined me. Now I find myself preferring ‘prompt.’

  • singlesat30 says:

    I got something out of this. Discipline. Keeping a note for taking thoughts and inspiration! Thanks. But my problem is I have lost my passion to do creative writing

  • Nasek'taq says:

    Writing for myself is a great idea and I will try that. Thank you 🌸

  • navy xie says:

    Writing is a part of my daily life, for you can looking back on yourself now and then. I enjoy it.

  • tweakingsoul says:

    I so relate to this! Im the same as you described- a binge writer!

  • Beautifully put. Really worthwhile. Thanks.
    But making the space for that process, to breathe and flow with the words… ah, that’s the challenge!

  • I love this article. Thank you for posting it.
    I recently took a writing course and one of the main aspects was the importance to write everyday.
    I cannot work well under pressure. At least not if I don’t understand why it exists.
    Your article supports my view and the path I’ve chosen to create content.
    In every way.
    Will explore your work now.;)

  • omg love this article so much

  • nicksnope says:

    Very nice. This makes me want to write right now! I feel like writing is like a shop. I can unlock the front door, sometimes customers will come in and sometimes they won’t. I just need to be there ready when they do.

  • moviewarden says:

    Great points👍…I can relate to them

  • chasedotblog says:

    I can totally relate to this!

  • Even I have never been a fan of writing prompts. They sort of cripple me while writing. It is more of a mad process for me than a measured magic.

  • T. M. Batson says:

    This was very relatable. Thank you for your honesty!!!

  • Lindi Roze says:

    So funny…as I was reading this article, I was feeling like that shampoo comericial where you just hear the woman off screen saying Yes! Yes! Yes!. I was beginning to think she wrote it just for me – except I dont know her at all. I can especially identify with the issue of the writing feeling robitic instead of creative. I was glad to hear from others in the comments that it quite a common theme. My take away- get the directions, know the rules, drive on the right side of the road but every now and then don’t be afraid to take the scenic route. Thanks for a great post! Also going to look up and follow.

  • I thought I was the o my one who had the same view. Inspiration is a huge factor when I write and when I feel the inspiration kicking in… I know that my words will flood the page with my words and always seems effortless

  • JC Hess says:

    The act of writing, the process of writing is an intimate undertaking, and any time it is suggested that all writing should be the same is an indication the person advancing the opinion does not understand what writing is actually about. – Nice to meet you.

    https://theliterarydrover.wordpress.com/

  • catcandothat says:

    Very relatable. Sometimes I am compelled to write. Other times I would sit and stare blankly at the screen. Recently I’ve had the words more often than not and I’m using the time to write and store up blog posts for more barren times as I know that they will come.

  • risgg88 says:

    I can relate with what you have written. I really enjoy to read your article!

  • jelia says:

    This is a nice reminder that sometimes you can’t force creativity, but let it live its own life. Made me think of Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk on creativity–there are moments of inspiration that pass through us, that we are privileged to have. But then we have to let them go.

  • I like the idea of writing to please yourself first. Thank you 😊

  • anjana says:

    That’s an amazing perspective. Even I believe that if you don’t write for yourself first, the soul of the narration could be lost. Great piece!

  • scarlettandgold says:

    I totally identify with this! That balance between discipline and monotony. Pushing yourself vs. waiting for the inspiration to come! I too understand the binge!

    Thanks!

  • Aylin Sozen says:

    A fantastic read. It’s everything I needed to read in order for me to not lose focus.

  • Nana says:

    Nice!
    “When people tell me they’re a writer, I don’t ask them what they write. I ask them when they write”.
    This one really got me
    Thumbs up!!

  • ladexglobe says:

    Hey. A nice article which is really helpful.

  • mswamygowda says:

    Hi good afternoon dear friend

  • saryansha says:

    When you need to write for money, you’ve got to write in the spotlight, as they watch and review your words before you.

    As you step out – meaning you progressed thus far or long for a change – you find your own comfort zone and gather your attention and focus on doing something you love!

  • I can relate to a lot of this, though I find that I write best if I tell myself ‘this is just for me’ even if I know it won’t be really, it helps me to let go a little bit of feeling embarrassed that someone might see my soul through the words.

  • Very well said. We are not machines to be switched on and off.

  • That piece of writing just summed up, what I believe to be, a cornerstone of what inspires and plagues many writers. I myself write in the exact same fashion, and after I am finished I have the exact same doubts as well. If I do not write for myself and commit to mind that writing is a therapeutic process that I am meant to share such relief with to others, the pressure of my content’s substance not being good enough always fills me with anxiety, and becomes a gateway to unhealthy reclusion.

  • Shreya Punjabi says:

    this was very insightful, thank you for sharing this!💕

  • PJ says:

    Nice to find someone that describes my feelings on writing. I have to write for myself & when the urge hits me. My blogging is spasmidic & more of an exercise for me to express myself.

  • Mark Caudill says:

    This article helps me a lot, I am a new online writer and I am to hard on myself. There is a voice in my head that keeps telling me, no one wants to read this stuff you write. I guess that is self doubt mostly, I don’t write everyday and I think bad of myself if I don’t. I need to do more note writing and stuff like that and call that my daily routine writing.

  • batousan2014 says:

    I had no idea when I started writing for a blog what I was getting into…and it’s exactly what you described. Trying to write by prompt an on a schedule just didn’t work, neither did trying to determine what the audience likes and provide it…because eventually I couldn’t maintain the enthusiasm that attracted me to writing. Now I write as if nobody is going to read my posts and feel as if I’ve improved by feeling free. Best wishes to you on your journey.

  • Pete Mercer says:

    Love this post. I’m still learning. Can I even write? I don’t know. Right now I’m experimenting with different styles, goals and writing cadence. Trying to find what works (and doesn’t). Good to see writing preference isn’t one-size-fits-all.

  • Mis_fit says:

    This made me feel better about how I write, I usually just write when it hits me. I used to think being a writer meant being able to come up with something any minute but that’s not how it goes and every person has their own writing style.

  • fnovelties says:

    Good luck with your writing endeavours! Writing is hard and I relate to it.

  • Juan Kenan says:

    ou inspire many people, I am sure with creative and productive, your blog will be more and more visitors.
    Your smart People😊👍

  • Nidhi says:

    This is beautiful. I could literally relate to every line, in fact every word you mentioned. This is indeed a great motivation for me and trust me, it feels really good to know that there are other people in the world who share the same fears too. I often find myself thinking if my writing gets a little too monotonous or if my thoughts revolve around the same centre often and I tend to get carried away. But this was indeed a great piece of advice in itself and it has really helped me overcome my fears.
    Thank you.

    • Right?! This was like a warm hug for me. The reassurance that it’s okay to feel this way and to have these moments as a writer. I’m so glad that you related to this message as much as I did 🙂

  • You inspire me! I’m always so concerned about what others are going to think that I often miss the enjoyment of writing for pleasure. Today, I wrote for me and it was this post that inspired me. Thank you for sharing your gift!

    • This is so reassuring to hear! I feel like I’ve gotten so far away for writing for myself. When I started writing on my blog, I didn’t have an audience and I had no pressure to write for anyone other than myself. But the more I read and the more connections I made, I felt this overwhelming pressure to write for others. I’m so happy that you found joy in reconnecting with your writing and from this point forward, I’m going to take this advice and lead by your example 🙂

  • Jena Marie says:

    I relate to this so much. Not everyone has creative writing juices flowing out of them at any given time. Sometimes we need to be inspired.

    • Spot on! I think that many of us need to forgive ourselves for expecting to always have the inspiration to write. We need to remember that it’s totally acceptable (and normal) to have moments of dullness and wait until our juices are flowing again!

  • That is my exact writing process in a nutshell! Are we twins?

  • Thank you for sharing this. I recently started writing. Like you, writing to free me…please me.

  • […] I’m not going to lie; I was ready to say OK, maybe this daily blogging is not for me. I put too much pressure on myself, and it stops being fun. I want to be creative, thoughtful and if a post calls for it, I want to be accurate. It feels lifeless, mechanical and automated. I went back to my Reader to find a wonderful post I read a few days ago in which I saw myself. The writer described her process, and I recognized it was how I’ve been operating all these years – Binge Writing. Something or someone will trigger my imagination which makes the sparks fly, and I’m out the gate writing every chance I get. I’ll make notes any time of day on my phone, on the back of an envelope, store receipt, etc. and stitch it all together to make a story. I’ll go at it for a couple of weeks, maybe a couple of months but then I seem to hibernate. I am keeping this blog entry for future INSPIRATION.  https://brevity.wordpress.com/2018/03/26/staying-out-of-the-headlights-on-finding-my-own-writing-pro… […]

    • Oh my goodness, I couldn’t agree more. Lately, I’ve been beating myself up because I haven’t been writing consistently. What once was a passion now feels like a chore. I’ve gotten bogged down with the idea that successful writers are always overflowing with content, and sometimes I can’t seem to put pen to paper. Posts like these bring us all together and bring life back to our imagination and writing 🙂 glad to hear that you’re back on your journey to writing!

  • Thank you so much for sharing this Kara. It’s so true that sometimes as writers, we have moments of feast and famine. Like you, I have moments, sometimes days or weeks at a time where I’m overflowing with inspiration and I can’t stop writing. And others, where my brain is frozen and starving for creative juices. I related to this post on a personal level and I’m so comforted that I’m not alone. Thank you for sharing, dear ❤

  • I relate to every single sentence here.

  • Wow. Great post! I totally understand. I’m similar. I have to be in the writing mood. When I’m not writing, I gather thoughts and ideas on my writing world. I try imagining how that world would be like. Who the characters are like. Their personalities! Again! Keep up the great work!

  • Thank you for this. I’ve beaten myself up for failing in the “every day” thing. “Binge writer” is exactly who I am. I do quality work that way. I CAN crank it out daily, but why? Just to say I have? If none of it is useful, why? Thank you.

  • Mabel Marin says:

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    The writing process – as I face it!

  • secundsite says:

    the brevity of your blog is mind-blogging!…good thoughts.

  • srsweek says:

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    Clearing written and expresses many writer’s conundrums.

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  • CoconutNice says:

    For as long as I can remember I’ve had this deep urge to write. So a few years ago I created a blog as a platform to express my thoughts and emotions but mostly just froze in those headlights you succinctly describe. Hence only a few blogs but now the urge is almost overwhelming and reading your blog is most inspiring and comforting. Thank you!

  • Manoj Nair says:

    I liked the statement …. ‘I’ve learned that I write best, and sometimes write only if I write for myself ‘ very true. If i do not like what i have written then how do i expect others to like it.

  • Amanda says:

    I always have this problem with my blog – commit to writing regularly, burn out, and stop writing for too long. I’m trying to find a balance, but maybe I should accept that this is how I am, and pace out the publishing of my work instead.

  • adhyapika says:

    I loved reading this. For the past 3 days of my a to z blogging challenge, I have struggled to write for each letter. Then yesterday, I sat down and wrote for all three, thinking that I don’t want to give up in the middle. Thanks for this lovely post, helps me keep going:-)

  • melinda says:

    Thanks for giving a voice to the words I live by! Great piece! Well done! Bravo!

  • Yuliya says:

    Reblogged this on Life balance and commented:
    I can relate to this so much ❤

  • These are great tips on writing! Thank you so much!

  • roninjax says:

    Thought provoking and excellent insight. I keep wondering how often I should write and post. I agree that it needs to satisfy the inner being which reinforces our own emotions and self satisfaction. I began blogging about three years ago but it was “hit-and-miss” while I balanced work and life. I believe there certainly needs to be a tailored rhythm for each person. I wonder though if a post should be daily. I’m thinking about working toward consistency of two posts per week, although I need to write something every day to keep up the routine.

  • thiskatsays says:

    So wonderfully put. I have forever sought a comprehensive method to any type of mindful exploration and it seems you have conquered most of it’s difficulties. Thank you for your share, it has definitely given me some needed perspective. – Katya

  • I am also a binge writer, it’s the only way I can write a daily blog. While my posts are light hearted and written more like I talk than a formal writing, I don’t have time to write each day, so I write most days and schedule them to publish (oh how I love that feature!) – Great blog!

  • Marcus says:

    Very enjoyable interview, I can relate to her writing process too.

  • I’ve been writing before, but I lost my spark. This is like an encouragement for me to get back on track. I couldn’t be more thankful of what you shared 🙂

  • Azib Khan says:

    An encouragement, I can relate this a lot
    Thanks 🙂

  • I love your take on writing. I think you and I are very similar in our writing practice. I’ve never spoken with anyone else who has similar writing habits. Nice to meet you!

  • Thank you for this. I’ve struggled with very similar conditions with both my writing and my painting.

  • chioma1000 says:

    Lovely read and so relatable! Just found out about your blog and had to follow.

  • Emma Dietze says:

    Amazing and inspirational! I find I am often similar with writing.

  • Sanjana K V says:

    In this time where the recognition of one’s writing is related to regular content, even if it means one has to sacrifice quality, it’s great to read this and relate to it so closely.

  • Reblogged this on Notes from An Alien and commented:
    From today’s re-blog:

    “…I’ve learned to respect the cyclic nature of my creative life.”

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