This is for the prompt for Writing 101 Commons, which is: Why do I write?
I write because I feel better when I am writing and I could most times go on and on forever once I get started. Of course there is that time when the blank page just stares at me in all its whiteness and dares me to put a word down!
I have developed a habit of doing what is called Morning Notes. It is an idea from a book called, “The Artist’s Way.” I purchased the book many years ago. And while I do not follow all the instructions in the book, which are many and interesting, I have continued (mostly) on a regular basis with the ‘morning notes.’
You are supposed to free write first thing in the morning which I do with a cup of tea nearby which seems to help the writing process. Mostly green tea. It seems your mind is more open after just awakening and the thoughts flow more easily. I have found this to be true because I have tried to do the notes in the afternoon and the writings do not flow as easily. So even though I am not a morning person, I strive to do my writing in the morning.
It seems I get all the garbage out first, mostly what I had been worrying about the day before either heavy or minute details that bog us all down. Once that’s out-of-the-way, I find myself actually writing creatively and I have mined quite a few ideas for stories. In fact I have begun some stories, that I would go on to complete and then blog about.
Guess I have not answered why I write after all but let me just say, I write because I feel much better both while writing and after finishing writing. Even if I do not get any ideas for a story or a story itself, I enjoy the actual writing process. I have recently started setting the clock for one hour and I write non- stop for that hour, sometimes with my cat, Lady, sleeping on my lap. I have to admit that I do not get around to writing every day, although I strive to do so.
Once I start writing, I have found that I am loath to stop even after the hour is up and I found myself writing for an extra half hour yesterday, finishing a story I started halfway before the hour was up. Not sure I will be publishing the story, at least in its present form but I do have that option, to publish or not, as some of my writing is strictly for myself. As I am sure we can all relate.