Prepping for an Effective Writing Session + The Effects of Daily Brainstorming
“Getting lost in an idea is always pleasant, especially when you’ve begun to map out the path you want your project to take. However, it is when you’re feeling uninspired, when the ideas seem to not flow the way they used to, that you begin to question if continuing is even worth it. – It is. It’s always hard to pick up a project after you’ve let it sit for a while, and I know how strong the urge can be to start over, but it’s important to take a look at what you’ve already put down, have a read, and then decide if there are changes to be made. Lately, I’ve been taking at least fifteen minutes before I decide to sit down and get some writing done to just get into the right mindset. I crack open my Moleskine, and just start throwing a few ideas around. There isn’t a rulebook that says every idea you have must be implemented into this piece of work, so keep them, bookmark and highlight the ones you haven’t decided to use. You never know when they’ll come in handy again.”
“What have you really accomplished today?” is a question I’ve been asking myself at the end of every evening, for I’ve gotten quite good at shifting things over to the following day because I’ve somehow convinced myself that I’ll have more time to complete them, especially when it comes to my writing. However, even though everything does manage to get finished on time, it doesn’t mean that this is the best course of action that I should be taking. Putting the time in, getting things done, and believing that you are capable of doing whatever it is you’ve set out to do is important. For I know, especially where completing writing projects are concerned, I’ve spent much of my time worrying about the outcome rather than working on the actual content. (Stripping the entire process of all of its fun).
What we don’t realize when we’re curled up in bed, wasting time when we could potentially be doing just about anything else that is remotely productive, is that it is very possible to get a lot of things done in a short amount of time, and making note of the time you’re taking to do these things can certainly help in the long run. Is fifteen minutes before a writing session really going to take a lot of time out of your day? Is the hour you spend writing instead of catching up on endless hours of television (we get sucked in, it happens) really going to make you feel as though you’re working too hard? I think not. Sometimes it’s not really about sacrificing your time, it’s just about utilizing it to the best of your ability. Think of it this way, you’ll still be able to laze around (and enjoy it a lot more) when you’ve actually completed all of those things you needed to do. So get started.