I recently bored a poor video chatter to death on google hangouts. We were meeting as a part of a group meet-up, but since there was only one taker we agreed to meet online via video chat. It was my first *cough* video chat session, and I thanked her immensely for introducing me to video chatting as a tool for creative applications. The topic of discussion was ‘The writing process,’ and although I rambled on for an entire hour of non-linear knowledge with her, I hope to keep this rehash brief:
The key to being a successful writer is organization and discipline. This is generic wisdom, I know… but only after I got all of my ideas organized, and set a schedule for myself with deadlines did I begin to get somewhere.
I have probably mentioned this before, and I will mention it again– I cannot say enough good things about Microsoft One-note. It has completely revolutionized my studies and free-writing, which is now structured and organized into folders, and stored online so I can access it on any device, at any time, and have it all streamlined and organized in one place! All those notebooks, folded up wads of paper, random files, safe-guarded flash drives, and balled-up free writing sessions are now saved and organized into a proper library that is easily accessible when I want to re-visit my past studies or writings.
The other key, as I mentioned, is DISCIPLINE. I’m an all-or-nothing kind of guy. So goes it with everything: my eating habits, work-outs, you name it. If I stop working out I usually start eating poorly, and vice verse, which is unfortunately the trap I’ve fallen into lately. The same goes for my writing. If I am not staying on top of it 24/7 I begin to lose my grasp on it. If I am not scheduling time that I dedicate to myself to write each day, or spend studying writing craft, then I do not every get it accomplished…and I may find myself a week or two down the road wondering when I stopped working on my story. I have to literally be obsessed with it, thinking about it every waking moment…to keep the machine going (which is why my wife hates writing).
Needless to say, it is not that way for everyone. I sincerely hope you are not an all-or-nothing kind of person. But that doesn’t mean a little discipline might do you a lot of good. Look at your schedule this week. Find your pockets of free-time, and go ahead and write in an hour and a half each day that you are going to sit down and work on your writing, whether that is working directly on a project, free-writing, or studying to get better. Then let your significant other know your plans and stick to it. If they have a problem, you may find yourself scheduling them in an hour and a half too…and if you skimp on their scheduled time, you can kiss your writing time good-bye, my friend. So put down the remote and pick up your your pen… computer, whatever.
It’s been a while, but I’m back. Hopefully to stay this time.
DJ Perry ~ Keep Writing