How Do You Write?


Do you type up your blog, proof and edit it, and then upload it?  How many versions until you feel it’s right?  What about other types of writing?  Do you write it out in longhand on a yellow legal pad?  Do you dictate it onto a tape to transcribe later?  For those of you who write short stores, novels, etc., do you plot the whole thing out, with complete character sketches and all?  Where do the seeds of your ideas come from.  How do you grow that seed?

I’m just curious.  I’m starting to read through my old notebooks and see if there is something worth expanding on and have been delighted by some of my old material.  It’s held up pretty well, but I’m floating without a life jacket and no ideas are coming.  So, I decided to try some old tricks and see what happens.

Trick One:  Take a sheet of paper and write a character name, title, or some little quote, put them all in a box and pull one out every day and try to build a story or at least a character sketch.

Trick Two: Experiment with plot lines and outlines.

Trick Three:

Well, I’m still working on that.  I could make it reading, but I’ve been reading pretty regularly for the last several years, but until I retired, I just no longer had the time to write.  Now that I have the time, I can’t find the subjects.  Politics, one of my favorite things to rant about, especially during an election year, doesn’t interest me.  This year I want Obama to stay in office, but don’t feel compelled, really, to vote.  Perhaps it’s time I tuned in?  I’m sure I’d find something funny in an Obama /Romney debate.  I had such a passion for politics at one time.  Loved to debate and push people.

I’m starting to think it’s not the MS, but the antidepressants I’m on.  That’s a depressing thought.

Only thing to do is keep on keeping on, doing what I can to reclaim my art.  I’ll update you all frequently, and hope you care to follow me on my journey of turning back time.

8 thoughts on “How Do You Write?

  1. I don’t write fiction, but so for my ideas for the blog are either spur of the moment ora result of something happening in my everyday life. No matter how much I proofread and edit, I find errors even in the shortest posts after publishing them.

    And I too found difficulties with the meds and especially the antidepressants, when I took them.

  2. Like others already said..I don’t write fiction with the exception of the odd Trifecta Challenge..but I don’t think I’m cut out for it as creativity doesn’t flow easily. I guess I’m a blog …basically non-fiction writer. But I’m sure you’ll get the flow going once you’re motivated enough….Diane

  3. Welcome to the world of writing , with all its joys and frustrations, personally in my Aussie Ian site my work was primarily based on past experiences of the heart, but then as pain eased I ventured into how I imagined emotions of love should be and the words just flow, as for my Aussie Emu site it developed its own style with diverse subjects covering my personal sojourn in life through my army days , war days , family and most of all, a sense of humour, you have a great start to writing and it is a pleasure to read and follow your works.
    I wish you much love and happiness
    Aussie Emu aka Aussie Ian

    1. I’m a little disapointed in receiving your praise, tempered as it is with my “amature” status. I’ve been writing for more than 20 years and have had some success in print and online. My problem is with the world’s worst case of writer’s block. It was five years since I really wrote anything. Once I started doing my blog and the exercises I found here, my block began to lift. I’d hate to think I sound like a complete novice.

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