I like to rise before the sun. After my morning workout, I usually settle down to my computer with a latte from my home espresso machine in hand. Then I write for about an hour. Sometimes two. It’s easy to write because I keep a moleskine journal with me throughout the day, jotting down inspiration as it crashes over me in waves. Once my uninterrupted writing time is over, the household stirs and I’m ready to receive whatever creative offerings the day has in store.
I’m completely joking.
My creative process actually looks a bit more like this:
I say that I’m going to wake up early and write, but usually this doesn’t happen. I actually hate waking up early. More often than not I’m squeezing in creative space during nap time (like as I’m writing this post), just before I crash into bed in an exhausted heap, or any other stolen moment of the day I can eke out. Every few weeks or so I’ll manage to get a few solid hours of work in thanks to my husband. He’s a wonderful partner and truly supports my creative pursuits.
As far as thinking of ideas, they usually do crash over me in waves throughout the day. That part was true. The problem is I will often forget to write them down, so my ideas sink back again into the bottomless blue of my mind. When I do remember, I usually type a quick note on my iPhone using the ‘Notes’ app and email it to myself. I’ve also been known to grab the closest writing utensil and surface; in fact, this little project was written on the back of a coffeehouse receipt.
More often than not I write posts directly into WordPress, which I know is incredibly risky and not at all foolproof. Danger is my middle name. Sometimes these posts follow my blog calendar, sometimes they don’t. Then I schedule the post to go live at 6am on the appropriate date. (Because I want you to at least think I’m a diligent early riser.)
I’m notoriously hard on myself and it’s easy for me to get discouraged that I don’t have more of a set routine for writing. But, as my husband is quick to remind me, His grace is sufficient. I firmly believe that God gave me this gift of writing to use and refine for His glory. He gives me every opportunity I need to get my words out.
What about you? What does your creative process look like?
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