I have been writing since I can remember. Seriously, it is not me exaggerating. I started off writing diaries from travels. It didn’t matter if I went to the town right next to where I used to live or ended up somewhere in Asia, I always had a pen and paper with me to write stuff down. By the way I still have each and every notebook from my travels! When I was 12 I started writing short stories. As I was a huge fan of everything supernatural I mostly wrote about vampires, witches, fairies. Some of the early stories written by me are still hidden in the depths of internet…
During primary school I started writing essays, on multiple occasions teachers accused my mom of writing them for me, which was never the case. As a child I never really liked TV or games, I could always be found with a book or a magazine reading it very carefully. Back then I didn’t really know that that was what I will end up wanting to do for a living, neither did I know that it is going to be what I will end up doing for a living, which is even more exciting! I learnt how to use GIMP, then PhotoShop and using those two programs I was editing graphics for my websites.
Throughout my writer’s journey I have noticed that each and every one of us has a sort of workflow. In this post I am going to talk you through my writer’s workflow 🙂 Every single one of us has a slightly different workflow from one another so what is always very important is finding what works for you. Workflow also tends to change over time – the more you work the more you know how you like to work and what works best for you. It is a trial and error!
I, personally, usually start off with the good old pen and paper. It is easier for me to work and a short form when I see all the changes made throughout the process. When working on a computer I change stuff and alter the text without keeping the original so there is no way for me to go back and forth between the versions of written text.
When it comes to writing a longer academic text or an article I usually write down the structure for it somewhere in one of my multiple notebooks. It is super useful and I would recommend it to literally anyone looking for tips when it comes to making your writer’s life easier. Write down the general idea behind the piece. There are some questions I tend to try and answer: What am I writing about it? Why is it important? What people should know after reading the piece?
Other important questions should be posed before deciding on the structure of your piece. How long is it going to be? How many paragraphs you will need to cover everything? Is it going to be formal or not?
When we have the answers to all those questions we can start writing down ideas for things to cover in each of the paragraphs. First I like to write everything down on one page then I tend to sort it out. One page in my notebook is usually taken by a bunch of ideas and thoughts I had throughout the research, then I sort them out and assign them to paragraphs. Sometimes during sorting everything out you might notice that some ideas are very similar to each other – sometimes they are exactly the same but just phrased in a different way. Get rid of one, keep the other. Repetition is something we don’t like. Unless it is done for an artistic effect.
With everything sorted into paragraphs I go on to write down some of the most important quotes and yet again, you guessed it, assign them to paragraphs.
My workflow when it comes to writing is quite structured and consists of loads of rewriting bits. When it comes to more of a creative writing, so when I write poems, it usually is more messy. I blast the music on my headphones and then go on to write. Sometimes I stare at a blank page for hours, sometimes it just comes to me and I end up writing almost the entire collection during one sitting. Sometimes I can’t write anything good for days on end. When it comes to creative writing I never know when it is going to hit me or how long it will last for so I just patiently wait for the poem to happen and I make sure to be there when it does.