“I love a long weekend, I love the extra day to get ready for the week, as well as taking advantage of the extra few hours to spend napping, taking long baths, and wrapped up in a good read. When I have a chill Monday like this, I usually spend it sleeping in, and when I finally awaken, it’s time to get a bit of work done. Upon waking up this afternoon, I was greeted by quite the rainy weather, and it is definitely a stay-in kind of day. I feel incredibly relaxed, and certainly ready to write. Though, there are a few things that I’ve maintained to really help get the most out of my writing sessions. When I sit down to write, it’s no longer just about opening up the document and continuing with the first thing to come to mind, it’s about having a good sense of planning (without entirely ruining the fun of the process), it’s about allowing my thoughts to swim around a bit first before I begin.”
How do you get ready to write?
WRITING ESSENTIALS AND ELEVATING THE PROCESS
A great writing session usually occurs right after I wake up, but depending on the day of the week, this can be incredibly challenging. On a day off or on the weekend, I usually like to single out an entire day to devote to my writing if I can. Sitting down to write used to feel like a chore, until I created an environment where I truly felt inspired, where I felt like I could unleash my creativity so that I could make the most of the words I’d put to paper. Now, let’s talk a little about how this all goes down.
- Get Comfortable: When I settle down to write, there are times where I really do need to be at my desk. Though, there are times where I’d much prefer sitting up in bed, comfortable and warm, to get the work done (and that’s okay, as long as you’re not chucking your laptop to go take a nap). On a rainy day particularly, I love to stay in bed for as long as I possibly can. So, I gather all of my things, and get ready to get some good work done.
- Writing Essentials: You guessed it – caffeine. The morning (or afternoon, probably afternoon) usually starts with a large, piping cup of tea. I’m not much of a coffee person but I will dabble every once in a while. That, along with my writing journal, laptop, a few pens and highlighters, and a comfortable setting are all I really need to begin. Sometimes, if I have a bit of extra time I might start this process by sipping on my tea and doing a bit of reading to get me in the mood (usually Medium articles or whatever novel I’m currently reading).
- Planning, Planning, Planning: It all starts with the writing journal. I really adapted the uses of my writing journal not too long ago, because before that I was really using it to just collect a few of my thoughts once in a while. Though, now I use it to brainstorm, keep track of my current word count, log how I’m feeling or how the writing process has been, as well as draft a few blog ideas. It has been a blessing, for it has really allowed me to have all of the writing-related things on my mind in one place. I also spend the first few minutes of every writing session just doing a bit of a recap on what has transpired over the previous chapter, as well as recollecting important plot points I don’t want to forget about, because they could very well be pivotal to the progression of my story.
- The Writing Playlist: Music is important to my writing process, for it really does allow me to set the scene. Though, I will admit it can begin to cloud my mind a bit, and I will pause it if I feel like I need to. However, for the most part, I play really easygoing music to write (no matter the genre) because that’s just what seems to work for me. I’ve been mostly listening to ANY Spotify “Chill” playlist or the “About Time” album by: Sabrina Claudio. Her album has really allowed for me to relax enough to get the most out of my writing sessions, for I’ve been beating my daily word count every time I sit down to get back to the story, and that in itself is a great feeling.
- Make Note of Your Accomplishments: I use my writing journal to track my current word count in the beginning of the session and what it looks like after I’m all done (no matter how many words I manage to get down, and it isn’t always a great number). I always want to know what I’m working with, so I really make sure I can work a bit harder next time if the words seem to be having a hard time this time around.
- Ending the Session in a Relaxing Manner: When I finish up a writing session, I usually follow it with a bit of reading, and or a hobby that makes me feel good. This usually consists of me sitting down to game for a while, and that really allows me to take my mind off of the novel for a bit (because thinking about it all of the time is not a good thing for me). I know there are going to be things I want to change, but the first step is getting the first draft finished. You need a story to work with before you can begin fixing it right up, and that’s exactly where my focus is right now.
I hope you all enjoyed this little post on my rainy day writing session, which I’ve had a great time experiencing today on this Canadian holiday. I’m off to go work on my novel, and I hope you all have an amazing start to the week!
Thanks for reading!