How I write

As I mentioned in my last post, most of my preliminary work is done while lying in bed at night.  This can be a blessing and a curse.

On the blessing side it usually helps me get to sleep relatively easily.

On the curse side, there are a couple.  One; I often 'write' the same passage over and over again because I don't remember exactly where I was when I fell asleep.  This does help me work out kinks.  Two; some nights I get going on the story and can't stop, therefore making it difficult to get to sleep.  However, this helps me know that I'm on the right track.

While this is preliminary work, it is essential.  To me, this is the building of the framework, creating a fleshed out outline.

What may be surprising is that I am able to keep it all in my head, despite the forgetting exactly where I left off the night before, so that when I actually sit down at the computer, it flows relatively quickly.

The other aspect is that I don't get bogged down by writer's block.  If a story isn't working out in my head, then I let it go and work on something else.  Sometimes I come back to it.  Many times I don't.  If I don't, I don't feel like I have to work it out, because I'll feel guilty about having 'wasted' time putting it on paper.


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