I needed some inspiration today, so I turned to one of my favorite books, Kate Messner’s 59 Reasons To Write. I stopped at Lesson 48 on page 161-161, which provides a prompt about reflecting on our personal processes when writing. I decided to repeat the phrase “sometimes when I write” instead of just using that phrase at the beginning of my piece of writing.
Sometimes when I write, I question the words on the page and don’t think that they are good enough. I’ll delete or cross-out words, sentences, paragraphs, and even whole pages.
Sometimes when I write, it’s easier when I have a specific deadline that’s not negotiable. If I don’t have some kind of set deadline, I flounder and lose my rhythm. I’ll put off working on a project, telling myself, “Oh, I’ll work on it tomorrow.”
Sometimes when I write, I prefer to create on a computer or iPad. Other times, I have to write in my notebook. There are even times when I write on my phone. Sometimes, I’ll start something in a notebook and then transfer it to a digital file. Other times, I’ve discovered that the words flow better when I move from the computer or iPad (or phone) to the notebook.
Sometimes when I write, I get into a rhythm and the ideas and words flow and I wish that I could capture those moments for the days when the words. Those are the best moments.