Once Upon a Bumble: When do you write?

Welcome, my fellow blogging friends to another episode of Once Upon a Bumble. If you are just joining us for the first time, welcome. For those who joined last week in our forum discussion, first I want to say I’m amazed with the overwhelming response. I say it’s free advice for me, but I do hope you gained something from it for yourself. Thank you all for taking the time to participate.

Last week’s question was about how we decide WHAT to write.  The second thing I want to share is that my overall feeling from last week’s discussion resulted in renewed motivation for my writing. This is a huge for me. I have you to thank for that.

Allow me to share all I that I learned from your excellent, insightful, and honest comments. I will paraphrase and hope that I get it right.

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Experience:

Many of you have written novels (congratulations!); some of are in the process of writing a novel; many of us plan to write one someday; things get in the way, such as jobs, life, blogging….

Ideas:

Ideas and inspiration could be random and hit you spontaneously while walking in the park, reading something, or watching a TV show.

It’s important to write all your ideas down; Carry around that notebook. If you don’t, you will not remember. (This is true for me.);  Let your ideas rest and mull in your head. If you remember them weeks from your initial inspiration, your idea may be a winner.

Ideas are strung and cobbled together piece by piece; it’s not necessary to concentrate on the whole; ideas may come out in scribbles and words, and dots can be connected later; don’t delete what you think is garbage. You may want it later.

Write to feel alive; stories are fighting to get out; in the beginning it’s best not to discriminate; the hardest part is getting started.

Many ideas come in dreams; perhaps our minds are processing all our cobbled ideas.

You may seek inspiration from people or events in your life; maybe there you will find answers; some feel writing from experience makes more sense and writing what you know.

Breathe life into your characters; they have a life of their own.

Process:

The process of writing is probably unique as our fingerprints; you may be trying to develop who you are as writer; using your strengths and writing what you prefer or attempting to create and communicate a greater truth/beauty.

An outline may be helpful; it’s best to let the story unfold on its own; no writing plan.

Writing as a physical activity, not drumming at keyboard; writing and coming back and fixing it later.

Don’t get stuck; don’t be afraid to move ahead in your story and connect your pieces later.

Write a few pages a day.

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So, keep writing. And then, write some more. That’s the important thing. There is no easy, magic formula. Dang! Of course, there isn’t. I Well, I  hope that was useful for you.

We know that writing requires a lot of practice, patience, and perseverance.  I like to compare it to other activities I have experienced in my life. I was a dancer for a while, a runner. I could always manage to keep taking class and get a run in. Sometimes my writing is an extra activity, something I must squeeze into my life. If I could treat more as a daily practice, I feel I would be a lot more productive. So far, I wouldn’t give myself a good grade.There’s room for improvement.

Certainly, we all have obligations, families, jobs, commitments. So, I guess my next question is along the lines of how do we get this done. How do we keep it up?

Question for today:

WHEN do you write?

How do you fit it into your life? Do you write every day? When you’re inspired? Do you have a writing routine? If you don’t, do you think it would help if you had one? Do you write in the morning/night/any hour? For how long?

Do you try to write a quota? Pages? Words?

What’s your secret?

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Why Being a Writer Means Being Selfish

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14 thoughts on “Once Upon a Bumble: When do you write?

  1. This is a terrific post. 🙂
    I definitely write every day. But the timeframe is pretty random. I write when I feel it, which usually happens anytime after midnight. And I’ll write for hours, til dawn sometimes. Other times, only for minutes. I once tried to get on a schedule, but my creative flow just doesn’t work that way. I have to follow it, let it guide me, tell me when to write, you know? Because I’ve found that when I go against that, the work suffers – in a big way!

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting. 🙂 I was beginning to think my question was too personal. I think it’s just interesting to learn what works for people. Writing is such a personal thing. I’m having a hard time sticking to any kind of schedule myself. I wonder if it would help me. I applaud you for being able to write for hours. It sounds like your approach is working for you. Good for you. Thanks again for your comments.

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      1. Give it a shot! Following your own creative rhythm will surprise you by how easily & brilliantly the writing comes out. As for writing for hours – I can only do that when the world is asleep. I’ve found that daytime writing is fraught with distraction & interruption…

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      2. I agree. The daytime hours can be hard time to write. Writing when the world is asleep (I like that)….yes, if it’s possible, I think that is the most ideal time. Thanks for the encouragement and all your comments. 🙂

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  2. I usually write in the evening. My wife works longer hours than I do so I have some extra time for running, working out, and writing. I have a goal of one post a week. I don’t always meet that goal every week, but if I don’t I try to make it up later. I don’t like writing on the weekend or when there are other fun things to do but I will if I fall behind. If I have less than 10 drafts available to choose from I get nervous. If I get an idea regardless pof the time I will write a draft with at least a title. I might work on a post for weeks jotting ideas down in the post until I feel ready to finish it. I have to feel it or it seems like such a chore!

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    1. Wow, 10 drafts. Good for you, Eric! I feel like I write better at night, too, although I have a quite a few distractions. I can’t seem to find a rhythm. I’m trying to write in the morning and see if I can be more productive. Thanks so much for your comments! I feel we can all learn from each other’s writing habits. Good luck on your half this weekend!! Have a good race. 🙂

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  3. Hi Ms Bumble. I’m single and do not have many distractions and still an amateur writer. I am concentrating on my next post as soon as I have written the last. My main problem is choosing a subject which sometimes I can find difficult. Then bang, an event or idea wells up. I usually write in the morning when I am awake and alert, and let the writing juices flow. I never totally rewrite, just add or take away a word here and there…..then publish….it’s gone.

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    1. Hello, Ralph! I’ve been enjoying all your posts. I think the morning is a nice to write when you are still easing into the day. I guess writing at different times of the day will most likely produce different kinds of writing. Perhaps! Thanks for all your comments.

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  4. I try to write late morning. I find that I can’t write an adequate sentence until after 10am. Lol. If I could, I would stay up until the midnight hour and beyond to write. My creativity really peaks at that time. But then I’d probably go crazy…

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    1. Hi Nicole. I seem to perk up at night too with a lot more energy. I guess we write when we can. Thanks for your comments. Did you happen to get a ping about your post on my page? I don’t really know how this works. I wasn’t sure. If you could let me know, I would appreciate it. Thanks!

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    1. Come now. I know YOU can do it! It does take courage though for anyone. The hardest part is starting….once you pick up that pen, pencil, or keyboard (you know what I mean) you’ll be on your way. 🙂

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  5. I like the good advice in the blog. I have four books needing a re-write and opportunity. I believe time is hard for most people. I must work to support family. Hard to find time to edit and find a good publisher. Thank you for the knowledge.

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    1. Thanks for reading, John. I hope it was useful. It was a compilation of all the comments I received from last week’s post. I think you’re right. It’s hard to find enough time to get it done. I think if you can keep chipping away, you can make progress. Best of luck in finishing your books. Thank you for your comments.

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