Coffee Dates: Process

Good Morning, Creatives!

It’s Friday, my friends! The week is over, a weekend of rest is (hopefully) ahead of us, and for some, maybe a little extra time to write! This week I have been thinking a lot about the process behind a writer’s routine and how different it can be for each and every one of us. I spent some time talking with a friend this week who is a songwriter and a musician, and it was so fun to compare our processes and see the similarities and the differences! What a cool parallel!

My Process

I’ve spent a lot of time developing my process over the years. What works to get me writing, what helps, and what distracts and discourages. I’m nowhere near perfecting my process by any means, but what I’ve learned has helped me so much!

Usually, when I start writing in the morning (because I am most definitely an early bird), I like to take a minute before I open my computer and ask the Master Storyteller to come and sit with me. God has always been a huge part of my writing routine, and I’ve found that my best ideas come when I am in line with my Creator.

Then, depending on where I’ve left off the day before, I either jump straight into writing or outline my scene in my notebook. Sight, sound, taste, touch, and a brief sequence of events all get dumped into a page of scribbling, then I feel prepared to get started.

My Struggles Within That

No system is perfect! Some of the ways I’ve struggled with getting myself started in the morning are because I spend that bit of extra time outlining in my notebook—if I finish a scene and want to keep going, I have to pull myself out of my rhythm to go back and outline the next scene. Not always convenient!

Your Thoughts

What gets you started for a writing session? Do you have a thing, or series of things, that you do to get your head in the game and get yourself moving? I’d love to hear about it, and any tips or tricks you’ve learned over the years! Tell me about them in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Coffee Dates: Process

  1. scotiathompson

    I’m a morning writer, too- morning nap time writer that is! ☺️ So in order to take advantage of every second, I lay her down and grab my laptop and reheat my cup of coffee and grab a snack of nuts and fruit or chocolate and get down to business. I come out of my zone when my little bug starts talking or yelling at me a couple hours later. I don’t have much of a process these days, but I think I’m mentally prepared at nap time because I’ve established this rhythm. I look forward to it most days. 🙂

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    1. Yay! I’m so glad to see you here! Thanks for coming by!
      Nap time is the best time to write! When I nanny and the kids go down for their nap, my mind is instantly prepared to get as much done as I can possibly manage before they wake up again. That’s such a good trigger for your writing zone!
      Writing with a kid is so, so hard! I’m so impressed that you manage it, and do so well in it! It’s all about the little bits of time we can sneak away, isn’t it?


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