My Writing Process

Procrastination is the bane of most inexperienced writers, and some experienced ones as well. Look up writing tips and there is sure to be something on the lines of “stop procrastinating and just start writing”.

I’m not even talking about the infamous writer’s block. We, new writers, don’t even jot down our ideas promptly. We seem to complain that we don’t have time to write, but when we do have time, we while it away and wonder how all the time passed.

I personally do not get the inspiration to write during my free time, even if I have a list of ideas ready. Before holidays, I plan to write a bunch of blog posts and think of book ideas. During holidays however, this is how I spend my time:

  • Make a list of things to do during the holidays
  • Decide that I should get started with writing
  • Make a list of blog ideas
  • Start browsing for research (which turns into aimless browsing)
  • Worry about not spending my time productively
  • Think about where I stand in my programming career and how to grow
  • Make a list of my current skills and what skills I want to acquire
  • Decide to learn a programming language and spend lots of time narrowing down what to learn
  • Learn a little and then realize I haven’t been writing
  • Wonder how to balance writing, reading technical books and non-fiction/classic, etc. and possibly come up with a time-table of sorts
  • Since I’m reading a book, connect to the internet in order to update goodreads
  • End up killing hours browsing
  • See friends’ updates on French/German books and get tempted to learn a foreign language, thinking “How great would it be to read a classic in its original language?”
  • Try to choose between French and German and end up not starting either, thinking “Why learn a language that attributes gender to inanimate objects?”
  • Wonder why I haven’t started writing yet
  • Overthink about my writing pattern, the true reason behind why I write, the purpose of my life, the meaning behind all lives, etc.
  • Read a philosophical book
  • Have an existential crisis
  • Take my mind off by binge watching TV/YouTube or listening to music
  • Have an epiphany by reading too much between the lines while watching the movie/soap or pondering too much about the meaning behind the lyrics of a song
  • Arrive at a blog idea due to this (but don’t write just yet)
  • Explain mom about what was bothering me and how some completely unrelated line from an unpopular movie or a song helped me a little
  • After mom shares some of her gyaan, start gossiping with her
  • Cook something, because I’ve always loved cooking
  • Start cleaning my closet, because why not
  • Think I need to give away some of my clothes and sort accordingly
  • Realize I cannot wear some of my clothes without purchasing some more to go with them
  • Reluctantly go shopping
  • Think of what book to read next and browse my bookshelf and Kindle
  • Check if all the books I own are added in goodreads and add whatever was left out
  • Organize my bookshelf
  • Do some household chores out of sheer boredom
  • Wonder how my holidays passed so quickly
  • Look at the list of blog ideas and wonder how I couldn’t find any time to write

When do I actually feel inspired to write? I get a strong drive to write on the most inappropriate moments. Only during the times when I’m not supposed to write or literally cannot write, such as:

  • During a meeting
  • In the shower
  • When I have a very important task at the office that needs to be completed ASAP
  • When someone opens up to me about their personal problems and I simply have to be there for them
  • In the middle of the night when the entire neighborhood is sleeping and my parents would consider me a villain if I switch on a light to find my note/laptop (Once I wake up I promptly forget whatever I thought of, rendering the effort useless)
  • In the temple
  • When it is drizzling and I’m walking down the road to enjoy the rain without an umbrella and realize too late that I have no way to jot down my thoughts in a note or my phone (FYI, This happened exactly one time)
  • While talking to seniors at office or elders and it would be disrespectful to end the conversation prematurely
  • While babysitting a toddler who is capable of bringing down the house
  • While driving (You got me. I’m lying, but if I could drive, I’m sure I’ll have a few Eureka moments while driving)
  • When the fate of the entire human race is in my hands and I have to fulfill my prophecy (Just exaggerating for emphasizing my point)

Hopefully, I will learn to write even when I’m not inspired. When I think I don’t have the skills and/or time to write a piece perfectly, the perfectionist in me stops me from even attempting to begin the writing process. Knowing my weakness well, I shall try and fix it in time.

If you write, are you a beginner or a seasoned writer? Do you stick to a writing routine or find yourself procrastinating like me? If you have any tips, do share them. Comment below!

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11 thoughts on “My Writing Process

  1. Vidya Suri says:

    Ha ha! I must say you have a way with words. I am sure you captured all the distraction just is our way of saying we are being inspired but the fact being that we are scared shit to write. I done this all.

    Great read!! Keep it rolling! Best ideas and inspiration from the universe. 🙂

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  2. Murugesh says:

    I kinda mastered Procrastination (although I don’t like this word because of Anthony Robbins). My plans for writing are similar to the ‘STUDY PLAN’ for semester exams.
    1. Every year I start by buying a new journal and a pen, exclusively for writing. I have got quite a collection to display.
    2. I would go on buying books on Writing and Screenplays, just to add another burden on my bookshelves.
    3. Always wanted to write a movie script. So, I try to watch a movie for pleasure at the first watch and then I would try to make notes for each shots. By then another movie would have downloaded and there you go, I end up watching movies successively.
    4. The tendency of reading what I have written so far has resulted in a lot of trashes.
    5. I tried to follow 3 am epiphany. It is kinda transition state and I have done most of the writing in that spur of the moment. When you get to normal state, the pages would eventually end up in trash.
    6. I have had the fascination towards typewriter and the sound that it makes. Thought words would flow out like the flowing river. Searched online sites to buy one, it was not available. Too lazy to go around the city to buy it.
    7. Just when I thought I got the mojo to write, I would end up worrying about plot points and character developments. Even if I have fixed them, there comes the next hurdle- location. I haven’t traveled much and the locations that I am familiar with is not suitable for the story. The mere thought of creating a entire world just for some dumb story line would prove to be fatality to my confidence.
    8. Somewhere deep inside I always feel guilty to spend time on writing rather studying text books. I feel that is kinda inherent because of the society which thinks ‘anything that is not for improving the career is a sin’.
    So, I haven’t got the kinda time consumers that you have listed (household chores, cooking, babysitting, cleaning closet, arranging books) partly because of my gender and partly because my family still regards me as little kid (which is eventually fading with the advent of my sister’s daughter 😦 )
    P.S : I could relate to ‘If I could drive ‘ 😀

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