Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Writing, creativity, and visualization

This is exactly what my writing process feels like sometimes, except I never am able to make enough time to truly give the process justice (which is why I feel so dissatisfied with the logic and flow of many of my blog posts):
From there I add the title into WordPress. I probably have about 30 blog titles tee'd up to write for any day that I sit down.  I never really come to WordPress and think, "what should I write about today?"  Either it’s a thought I’ve had and have to get out of my head, or something I’m reacting to because I read a post that I want to respond to or – as is usually the case – I look through my titles and think, "which one am I passionate about today?"

And here’s where the formal structure comes in.  I almost always break up my post into sections before I write.  Just as in this post, I thought about the structure before letting the words flow out of my head and on to the screen. I organize the components of the topic, I write the section headings, I think about them each as individual titles, I think about whether the order flows and whether the overall narrative holds.

In a way, I’ve written the whole thing before a detailed word comes out of my head.  Then it’s just a function of writing each section, re-reading to test for flow, attempting to edit a bit and then hit publish.

The biggest problem is that I don't feel I'm doing this process justice right now, especially when the list of blog posts I want to write about seem to be so intertwined in subject matter the more I think about them.  Blogging something I feel happy about publishing to the web takes a lot of time and effort, the former of which I have little right now.  But one day soon I will have some posts up again.  :)


  1. I feel the same. I haven't written anything for a month or so, and lacking the effort to finish the 10+ drafts I have saved. Time and effort? Where did you go?