Bloggers write — that’s what we do. But I’m guessing there are a great many differences in the way we write, regardless of what we write about. Here’s a look at my writing process, and I’m curious to know about yours.
Where do you write?
In term of physical location, I write in my bedroom, because I like to be near the guinea pigs. I always write on my laptop, because I find it far easier and faster than trying to type on my phone.
I write directly in the WP editor. I know there are advantages to writing in a word processor, a big one being that Grammarly works better that way. But I have a tendency to compartmentalize, and I like to keep my WordPress in WordPress.
How often do you write?
The should police say writers are supposed to write every day. I think that sounds rather ridiculous. If it works best for you to write every day, do it. If it doesn’t, don’t.
My writing is sporadic, and a lot depends on how active my brain is happens to be. Sometimes I might write three posts a day, and other times I’ll barely write at all for a week. I don’t set any targets with my writing, time-wise or word-wise, because my brain doesn’t step up to the plate with the same capacity each day. Instead, I just work with whatever I’ve got, whenever I happen to get it.
Do you have drafts on the go?
At the moment, I have 13 drafts on the go. When I get an idea and I want to write about it soon, I start a draft for it; if I want to write about it later, it goes in my blogging spreadsheet.
I don’t typically start a post, write it all in one go, and then schedule it to publish. Sometimes I’ll start the draft when I get an idea, and then come back later and write the post all in one shot. More often, though, the writing is done in more than one sitting.
When do you publish?
I very rarely finish a post and hit publish. Instead, I schedule. Consistency makes my life easier, and publishing once a day is manageable and sustainable for me. My writing is inconsistent, but scheduling keeps the whole system humming along.
I try to always have 2-3 weeks of posts pre-scheduled at any given point in time. Once a post is written and scheduled, I don’t usually look at it again, other than trying to remember to do a quick proofread the day before it’s published.
Because I’ve got such a big schedule post buffer zone, which I’ve maintained since very early on in my blogging life, you as readers don’t end up seeing the fluctuations in my writing output.
What about other writing?
My other writing project is the book I’m currently working on, A Brief History of Stigma. As with my previous books, I create a chapter and subheadings structure and then start filling things in. The structure then evolves as needed.
Since I’m doing a lot of research for this book, I’ve got one document that I used for taking notes and quotes from reference sources, then I tidy up the rough notes and copy and paste it into the chapter/heading structure of what will become the book. Grad school gave me lots of practice with that kind of thing, and my brain has an easier time with well-practiced processes.
Over to you
So that’s me. What are some of the characteristics of your writing process?