I believe the secret weapon of every writer is…the freewrite!
This strategy with this is to put your idea somewhere that you can add to, edit, and refer back! I am a fan of these freewrites (as you all know!) because it is the purest form of creativity. The idea you have is safe, saved and contained until you are ready towrite more.
There is a rhythm to this writing process-and once you find what works for you, it needs to become muscle memory almost! Your writing process needs to be something that you can do without thinking to hard about.
The creation of something is where your creative energy is most needed, demanded really.
Having a writer be ready is as individualistic as the writers themselves–what works for me may not work for you–or shouldn’t work for you! This is why you must be cognizant of what you need as an artist, as a writer, which makes your writing process easier and more manageable.
It is crucial you pay attention to yourself–mining what is needed, essential, to your process in order to honor it.
Part of honoring your talent is acknowledging it. Once it is acknowledged, then you can conjure the miraculous.
Beyoncé said to focus on your intention. When you write, no one can give you your intention. They can give you prompting, encouragement, hopefully, and criticism… But only you can find your intention. Is precious, it is fragile, and it should be preserved at all costs.
Writers are students of the world and everything in it. We are constantly learning from the world and everything in it. Doing both of these will help you develop your talent and current (and future!) work. Future You will be grateful.
I am a big fan of notebooks. I am a fan of notebooks, planners, and being an organized writer as much as I can be. When I have an idea, I try to make space for it. I make space for the new ideas in a way that makes me accountable.
I label them–and scribble the idea in the inside cover. Including the date I got the idea and when I plan on finishing it. This comes from years of being a writer, and recognizing my own processes to make my writing space conducive to what I need.
As you begin these new projects in the new year, take the time to study your own process. The best question to ask is, “What do I need in order to write?”
Now, this may change depending on your project–and that is okay too!
The goal is to be mindful of what you need, and do that often.