Yesterday my husband did something that made me smile – he questioned my writing process. Oh, silly man.
He was concerned that my wandering around the house doing dozens of odd jobs wasn’t really writing. He mistook my ten games of ‘Staries’ as wasteful. He even asked me if I was actually going to do any writing, or if I wanted to help him finish packing.
First – nothing could ever make me want to pack anything again (two months – I’m done).
Second – just because I’m not actually at the computer typing, doesn’t mean I’m not writing.
Some days I can sit down and start putting words on paper. It just works that way. But then there are other days, like yesterday, when I have to do things differently. I had SO many writing projects on the table that I didn’t even know where to start, so I did the only thing I could think of – I started removing clutter. Not from my mind, but from my office.
I always work better in an organized space, so I try to do a little bit every day to make my office more Karin-friendly. One more big box gone, so I can start on the writing, but I still wasn’t sure where to go. So I went to the washing machine, the kitchen, and finally back to my computer – where I played a few games.
I know it looks like dawdling, but I’m not. I actually put together a list of what I want to do for one of my articles. Now I know where to start. I COULD just sit in my chair and stare at the computer screen until I figure it out, but THAT seems wasteful to me. Instead, I prefer to multi-task. I even composed this post while playing a game of ‘Staries’ and chuckling at my hubby.
So there you have it – I like to think about my stuff before I write it (I suppose I could outline and stuff, but it’s the same difference). And it’s anyone’s guess what I’ll be doing while I’m thinking about it.
What are your unconventional writing quirks? Has anyone ever looked at you and said, “Really? That’s what it takes to write?” It’s okay to confess here – you’re among friends!