A project-based study of creative routine featuring writer-produced videos, photos, and essays. From inspiration to realization this vulnerable analysis of writing reveals familiar patterns of ambition and apprehension. Share your process and join the conversation.
My routine constantly changes and I think that’s why it works for me. I wake up with dialogue rattling around in my brain. I take a few minutes in the morning to purge my thoughts to a note before I get ready for work. I found dictating on my phone or tablet works for me. READ MORE
Wherever I go and whatever I do, my muses tag along as a constant trickle of ideas in my head. In the evening, the trickle becomes a stream, and I dream up more solid characters, plots and specific scenes or sentences before I fall asleep. Once in a while, they are actual dreams. I write notes on Post-its, in notebooks, on whatever paper I have handy. READ MORE
I write in my car parked in front of great houses. Then I go inside and tutor the great house’s children. When the car is in motion, I write until I am carsick. Then I pop in a ginger tablet, and I write some more. I open my laptop when my children are sleeping. Then I close it when it’s time to get up. I used to write while I was breastfeeding. I don’t recommend that. I don’t do that anymore. READ MORE
Wake up. So I do. And I have no recollection of my dreams. I can’t remember the last time I remembered a dream with any kind of clarity. But there’s a hint. A fuzzy remembrance of elsewhere and differences. Of reasons to exist. Stories. They need a moment’s attention. READ MORE
I have no routine. I am almost always in the mood to write, but I am also almost always in the middle of a million other things that I need to do instead. Life is like that when you’re pretending to be a grownup. So, I do the stuff that needs doing, and whenever I have some time I sit down and write. READ MORE