Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Write or Die Wednesdays: The Write Stuff

Welcome to Write or Die Wednesdays: A Writer's Link-Up! We are Vashelle and Mia inviting you to partake in some creative writing with us every other week.


If you are new to this link-up and wondering what Write or Die is all about, check it out here!

Thanks to everyone who linked up for the previous installment of #WODW! The posts you shared about laughter as it pertains to getting out of funks, finding a mate, losing a mate, or sparking creativity were fun to read. Check them out here if you missed it!

This episode's prompt asks us to share our writing process. What gets you writing? What are your rituals? Challenges? Tell us all about it!
Happy writing!



My writing process is to procrastinate as long as possible. Seriously. I have to look at my phone and scroll through every single social media app I have. I have to watch my shows. I have to eat. I have to stare at my blank screen or the blank pages of my journal. I just have to get all of those things out of my system so that my head is clear and is receptive to writing.

I feel like I write much better under pressure. When I try to plan actual writing time, the words just don't flow the way I want them to. When I clear my mind of all the noise and the clutter, I finally feel ready to express myself. Sometimes I listen to music, sometimes I just sit in silence. Sometimes creativity will strike at the weirdest times and then I'm thankful for my obsession with pens and notebooks because there's one in arm's reach no matter where I am in the house.

I tend to be very succinct when I write. Which in my opinion is good, but sometimes I feel like it's not enough. Sometimes I'll read back my work and think, "OK. You made a strong point. But now what?" And it's the "now what?" that gets to me. Because I don't like to ramble, just to make whatever I'm writing longer. I always feel like less is more.  But then I second guess myself.

I try to just write whatever I'm feeling and not edit too much. If my husband is home, I'll have him read it and tell me what he thinks. I may make a few word changes here and there. But I try to keep the integrity of what I wrote intact by not messing with it too much.

What's your writing process? I'm so interested to see what rituals and processes you have. Share with us! Don't forget, you have 2 whole weeks to link up with us, so you have plenty of time. :)


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