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Apr 23, 2019 08:29:09

Write when you are ready to write

by @brandonwilson PATRON | 454 words | 🐣 | 263💌

Brandon Wilson

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I read many posts on 200WAD from people who do not know what to write about. These posts are from writers who are new as well as from members of #Teamstreak. It happens to all of us from time to time. One reason this may happen is you are sitting down to write when you are not ready to write.

There are some people who wait until the final few minutes to write either because that's how they planned the day, or unforeseen circumstances, or perhaps they like the pressure of writing and the risk and danger of breaking their streak.

Martin Weir: "What's the matter, the pressure got too much for ya?"

Chili Palmer: "Pressure..? I'm the one who applied the pressure."

--From Get Shorty 

If you sit down with 30 or 20 or 10 minutes before midnight, now you HAVE to write. For some people, this pressure unleashes creativity. For others it creates a block. 

There are others who schedule a specific time to write every day. This scheduled time could also create pressure if it's the only time you allow yourself to write. You sit down at the computer and say, "Ok it's time to write now." Some people successfully write every day with this approach. I used to do this but found that it doesn't work for me. 

I have learned to write when I'm ready to write. Sometimes I have an idea first thing in the morning. Other times an idea strikes in the middle of the day. Even if I am unable to write a post in that moment, I write the idea down so I don't lose it. This makes it easy to write when I have free time.

One piece of advice for proper "sleep hygiene" is to only do two things in bed: sleep and sex. If you watch TV or read while in bed, this may cause you to associate other activities besides sleep with the bed. If you get into bed and cannot fall asleep, the recommendation is to get out of bed. In other words, when you are sleepy you should go to bed. You shouldn't go to bed and wait to get sleepy. 

The same applies with eating. You don't sit at a dinner table and wait to get hungry. You get hungry, prepare a meal, and sit down and eat it. 

I apply this same approach to writing. I don't sit down at the computer and force myself to write something. I have ideas and things to say first, then I sit down at the computer to write them. I write when I'm ready to write, and this prevents me from sitting and staring at a blank screen waiting for inspiration to strike.

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    @brandonwilson Super helpful to read this post today, I definitly needed to hear your advice!

    Anna Kaczynski avatar Anna Kaczynski | May 01, 2019 18:20:52
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      @soulinantarctica Thanks for reading!

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 01, 2019 11:21:01
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    @brandonwilson what would one do if the feeling of being ready never comes?

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Apr 24, 2019 21:02:36
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      @jasonleow I suppose it depends on where you are in your journey. If you are just starting out, it's going to be difficult and will take time. If someone is pretty far along in his or her writing journey and just doesn't get the "feeling," then it might be time to consider whether writing is the best use of that person's time. That said, my method works for me. I am sure there are writers who go through long stretches of not writing (looking at you George R.R. Martin) but still produce quality work.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 24, 2019 07:33:58
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      @brandonwilson i like the nuance you mentioned. It's like a spectrum, isn't it - one end is write when feeling ready, the other end is write at scheduled time, with or without feeling ready. Depending on where we are in our journey, time of the day, phase in life, what we ate, how much sleep we got, etc etc, we swing between the 2 poles.

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Apr 24, 2019 22:42:38
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    @brandonwilson I used to schedule to write in the morning for the streak, but now I find my key: have a free conversation with my friends at launch talking about anything, get inspiring ideas to write according to her responses. If I fail, then turn to the dinner talk.

    Put simply, every day I'll speak out my ideas before writing. Face-to-face talk is such an inspiring way that I could get motivated by direct feedbacks immediately.

    5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | Apr 24, 2019 06:17:04
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      @brandonwilson @5plus6 - Me too. I find that the passionate arguments make the best posts. :) I thank my family and friends all the time.

      Keni avatar Keni | Apr 24, 2019 10:22:21
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      @5plus6 @keni I agree this is a great way to be inspired!

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 24, 2019 07:30:16
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    @brandonwilson this is a brilliant post!

    I tend to write at the end of the day. I like to let my thoughts stew. Sometimes I don't have much to say. Sometime it is just for the streak. I do like writing things down though, more than I ever thought I would.

    I often write ideas down (on a trello board). Previously this was "Blog post ideas", but these never really came to light. I've definitely got enough to say to make a 200WAD entry though!

    Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | Apr 23, 2019 22:46:13
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      @craigpetterson Thank you sir! Ideas can be fleeting, and it's always a good idea to capture them when you can.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 24, 2019 07:31:10
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    @brandonwilson I write quite a bit while I'm in bed. Guess I gotta look into having more sex ;-)

    Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | Apr 23, 2019 12:20:50
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      @Rawhead Well that is one of the two approved activities......

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 23, 2019 09:38:36
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