Away from the glare
Having just started work on the final chapters of my novel, I thought this first post would be an ideal place for me to discuss an aspect of my writing process that could perhaps be considered a tad odd: the large amount of work I do away from the glare of the computer screen.
I’m not talking about jotting things down in a notepad (although I have spent a good slice of my time doodling away over the past few months), I mean ‘writing’ when I’m cooking, watering the plants or even when I’m walking the dog. The detached mindset I find myself drifting in and out of during these mundane periods seems to be the perfect state in which to let my subconscious sketch out plot developments, assign character traits and patch up those troublesome plot holes.
Once my dinner is incinerated, I’ve virtually drowned a potted plant or I’m stood with the dog in the middle of nowhere, I usually snap back to reality having gained something really exciting to add to my manuscript. It’s now getting to the stage where the actual act of writing is often just a case of connecting the dots my wandering mind has already mapped out before me.
Whilst this system might be considered a somewhat fluffy and time consuming way of doing things, I think it’s good for anyone who works at a computer to get away from the desk fairly regularly. I’ve noticed my work severely plummets in quality if I stay rooted to a chair for too long.
Anyway, I can’t help but wonder if I’m alone in using this head in the clouds style method of writing, or if it’s something that lots of other people do too?
Maybe I just have a terrible attention span – let me know what you think.
Next post »
The flash fiction game