Ever since I started writing again, I’ve made a concentrated effort to keep a large journal on my bedside table and a pen (this is key). I’ve found that my best comes as I wake up or as I’m about to fall asleep, this has become my main source of material as usually a piece is formulated from a single word, and accompanying visualization or a stanza.
Immediately after the thought comes I try to jot it down before any interruption, and have to make an effort not to let myself build on it before it rests in the journal, it will usually live there for a day or two until I can sit down with a pen or laptop and expand on it. Sometimes it may sit longer, a good example of that is the piece entitled “Cancer”, it made my journal its home for approximately six months before seeing the light of day; I find that forcing out the stanzas just doesn’t work for me.
For a while I wondered if I was doing it the right way, should I be working on one piece at a time or as it flows? Should I be forcing it out and concentrating on themes? To be honest I still don’t know the answer. I’m a closeted writer and only two people (literally) in my personal life know about this blog or that I can put words together, and so I haven’t had the privilege to ask another writer for their opinion. So let me ask you, what is YOUR process? Do you work on several pieces at one time? What is your process?
PS: I’m sorry Cristina that I didn’t ask you, you are of course 50% of my writing support, it just didn’t occur last time I saw you.