You know, I have always been writing something down, could be just words on a page, doodling, a dream I had while asleep or just a list. But, there is nothing remarkable about this, we all do this at some point you say lolol! Well, for me, this apparently is a big deal because, it has formed the foundation or the need to put things on paper, and sometimes I am just compelled to write it down. I have books and books on dreams. words spoken, thoughts, ideas etc. However, with all of this, I never thought I would write a book, and not even children’s books.
Don’t Complicate Matters (The Writing Process)
There are a lot of lists out there, how to write, what you should do first, what topic to write on, the writing process etc. You can get information overload and be terrified because ultimately, you are looking for a formula or the right way to do it. I don’t know if there is a right or wrong way to do it, because, I approach writing from a very simplistic point of view…I just write it down! Sometimes, depending on the topic, I have to dig a little deeper, but, just getting it out and on the screen or in a book, helps me get the initial idea or thought out of my head. Often times, what I started with looks nothing like the finished product. It has been fined tuned and honed to get the message across.
However, I understand that some people need that structure we learned in school when doing essays, introduction, body, conclusion, but, some of us just shot from the hip or right from the top of our heads. The most important thing to me is just get it out and down. Then you can do all those lovely things to it that you want to. My motto is the KISS (Keep it Simple Sweetie) principle!
When Do I Write?
I don’t have a set time that I sit and write. I can be sitting near the water, walking, having a deep philosophical conversation or watching television, the list is endless, the ideas just come. Some of these ideas are not all books, though they can be used for that purpose, some are one liners, poems, spoken words, words of encouragement, scripture or deep thoughts etc But whatever comes to me, I write it down, just as it comes and then I go back and refine it, to communicate the message that is needed for that time. Take this post for example, I just started writing (I hope I am communicating well with you). Consequently, I always have a note book with me or wish I did!
This is what happened when I wrote the first story “Treasure the Memories” in the Anya Stories Series ((will tell you how that came about in another post). I woke up from a dream I had and the words just poured out on the page. So much so, that I think I stopped it because it made me scared. I had so much other things going on and couldnt fathom sitting and writing short stories about some little girl lol! I had no clue what I was doing and no idea that it would develop into a series of stories. I just had this need to…just write it! For me, it is essential that I just get the story or whatever thoughts I had out and on paper. Otherwise, it just swirls around in my head and becomes very annoying until I am obedient and just jot it down somewhere.
Doing research comes after and can be very overwhelming for me. I am mindful that I can get information overload and then I get scared that maybe I am doing it wrong. This is just My process!
I do believe my best writing time is in the mornings. I know that I certainly get ideas then.
More, More, More!
What I have found is that the more I write, the more ideas flow. These are not limited to the children’s book, I have more book ideas coming at me, more spoken words, words of encouragement etc. Its a never ending kaleidoscope of things to jot down and keep, for an appointed time.
After I had written the first book, the ideas came for the next 4 books in the series. Then the idea came for another character for another story series. In December 2013 I was shut down for the month and out pops another 5 book series for Anya but this time I was able to get the story ideas and synopsis down on paper while writing the stories. Which makes it a little bit more manageable. Since this year has rolled in, I have had the idea to do a story of my life’s journey thus far. The ideas just keep rolling along lol!
I would say that writing is an evolving process for all who have found this path, or who are aspiring to be writers. We feel we have a message that needs to be shared. So we write it down because its burning inside us and then we wonder if I publish or go further will people like it, purchase it etc. All writers are not published and there are some who shouldn’t even be, but who am I to judge. I published my own books, simply because I wanted to share the message with others.
In my evolving I have learned that what works for one project may not work for the next. I have learned to stay in the flow.
No Special Tools
There are no special tools for writing, Mind you, if you do some research, you will find all kinds of products for the new writer that you absolutely must have to make your writing exploits great, fantastic, successful and all of that blarney! There is nothing better than good ole pen and paper.
I absolutely love “school supplies”. Often times, I want to get a certain book that I think I need to write in. I go a little crazy and have been known to spend hours looking at books and paper in stores. I really love it, but In the end, I usually just type it into my computer which, I prefer to writing things in a book, simply because, I just hate having to go back and transcribe it lolol! I know its crazy, but My process! Have no fear, whatever book that I purchase, does get used, because..I am always writing!
My Best Advice
If you are compelled to write.. do it. I am not saying that it will be published or a great novel or anything of that sort. Just use the experience of getting things out and down as a foundation to build upon. Don’t worry about the how to’s or the where to fores or even the nay sayers, just do what comes naturally, everything else will follow!
The point is, don’t borrow trouble! My meaning, wondering what you are going to do with, it if will be published, whats the point etc. because those things will stop you before you even start. The most important thing, is to get it on the page, in the computer, on the wall, wherever. Focus on the task at hand and take it one step at a time.
I did all of this, stressed out, anxious, fearful, all of it! I still don’t know how I managed to get it done, fighting through all of that emotion, but | did and I am better for having gone through the process.
I encourage you to start your writing journey today!