Since I do not really have a post about the creative process, yet…here it is!
Optimizing your writing process
The one most important thing in creating a productive working routine, in my opinion, is habit, and habit comes with time.
Why is habit important?
Ultimately you want to put yourself in a familiar situation where you are used to be productive. It works like any other association: if you always have ice cream watching a TV show, you’ll find yourself craving it as soon as the TV goes on. If you feed your dog after a walk, the pup will start drooling as soon as you get back in the house. If you always write in sweats on your favorite couch, as soon as you get comfy you’ll start itching to get the next chapter going ;)
1-Make time. Some days I write twelve-thousand words, some days I just stare. They are equally productive. Staring, thinking, and getting stuck are part of the creative process. I measure my productivity by hours I dedicate to my project, regardless of how I use them. Ideally you make time every day, but if you can’t, create a regular schedule and stick to it.
The space: create a writing corner. This could be a room, a desk, or even just a couch (like in my case). This is your space, and no one in the house is allowed to share it. This is where you retreat when you don’t want to be bothered. I know writers who need a very tidy writing space and are most productive in suits and work attire. Not me, my space would be a maelstrom of notes, books, glasses, and hair clips if my husband didn’t keep me in check ;P
This is me on my writing couch (my hubby is a photographer among other things and likes to get me in my natural environment. You can tell by my face that I don’t like it as much ;P)
The music: I write either in silence or with very low, mellow music. I have a couple of Pandora stations that I use most with music I don’t find distracting. As much as I like punk, alternative, and rock, when I write I listen to more mellow tunes like Spektor, Radical Face, Iron & Wine, Imagine Dragons, etc…
My favorite writing song:
Drinks: I always have water available. My water bottle in summer, and herbal teas in winter.
My family: they try not to disturb, but anytime they ask for my attention I do my best not to scowl (see candid snapshot above…) and to give them the love they need <3
With time, I noticed that I made such a habit of writing that now I can write anywhere, anytime: on a plane, in an airport, or in a room full of of loud people. The truth is that the more you write the easier it all become.
This is me writing on vacation on a Sicilian beach (lol!)
(Maybe I will ask my hubby to write a guest post: a survival guide to loving a writer *_*).
I hope this helps ^_^
Who am I to give you advice?
I am Gaia B Amman, the author of the Italian Saga (#TIS), a series taking place in gorgeous Italy, and talking about everything I was told is impolite to talk about ;)
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Why do I do this?
Because it was incredibly difficult to learn everything I needed to make my books successful, and I believe that no one else can write your book. So, I try to pay it forward with free edits and posts on writing. It spreads the word about my own books, and it helps other writers <3
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