Back To Basics: Honour The Process

For the last couple months I have been trying to modify and minimize my writing process; no wonder I have not accomplished what I had aimed to. My pre writing process can take over an hour before I get to the writing stage so as you can imagine there are times when I wish it was shorter. Unfortunately my creative process is a step by step process that can only occasionally be ignored.

  1. attempt to get strung out on caffeine-getting to the strung out stage with coffee can be a little difficult so after a pot of coffee I’ll switch to instant espresso and or chocolate covered coffee beans for a little extra kick.
  2. initiate solo dance party– Just as I have probably mentioned countless times solo dance parties are one of the biggest keys to productivity. This has just been the way since before college. every essay and assignment I have completed since my grade twelve year started with dancing it out. One would think that getting moving and increasing energy levels would make it harder to focus, but it does the opposite to me.
  3. dance until I start to crash or the ideas start flowing – Depending on mood and mindset this can  take ten minutes or over an hour each day is a little bit different. Sometimes the music makes a difference, but I have a series of playlists tailored to each emotion I try to portray when writing. Each playlist could be named all the feels numbers one through ten haha.
  4. Write until frustrated with story itself or until falling asleep –Yes sometimes I get mad at the characters in my own stories, and yes sometimes it gets to the point where I rewrite a scene or chapter a few times in one day. At this point if I get stuck there are usually multiple seated solo dance parties repeated until I can finish the scene.
  5. repeat- depending on the day I can repeat the entire cycle up to three or four times depending on how productive the day has been and how long I attempt to be awake and functioning.

Time: There’s Never Enough

If you’ve been an adult for a while, or a post secondary student you know exactly what I’m talking about. You know that when there’s a deadline something has to give. I’m one of those people that usually forfeits sleep first. The last time I remember getting the doctor recommended amount of sleep would be my early teen years before I had a job so it’s been a solid five years for me. Whether it’s school, work, or life we have all been in a situation where we wished there was more time in a day. I wish there were four to six more hours in a day personally.

I definitely slept the least In college with a full time course load and working about 30 hours a week at the same time. with my first class starting at 8 am and once classes were done Id work until 9 at night then after getting home do at least a few hours of homework. I was getting an average of three hours of sleep a night. After getting a concussion during that semester I was supposed to get ten 8-10 hours just for my brain to recover. This never happened it took five months to recover just because there wasn’t enough time. The first three months of that concussion I had a migraine that made everything more difficult.

Living in a culture were it’s go go go all the time can definitely put a strain on things. There’s an expectation that we aren’t even supposed to reach burn out, but that’s very unrealistic. When I’m in productive writing mode I say up into the early hours of the next day and get up early every day just to make sure I’m getting everything done. When I do this I burn out every four to six months. If we learned how to approach things at a slower pace I’m Pretty sure we’d stop running out of time.

Does Procrastination Help or Hinder Creativity

For myself procrastination both helps and hinders my creativity. When I’m unsure about something or don’t want to do something I definitely Procrastinate until the last minute. Some would say that this is a bad thing and it can be, but It also forces me to create better content in a shorter time frame. I think that’s something we are all trying to do each day, at least writers and bloggers that is. In that way procrastination definitely helps creativity. Really I think It depends on who you are and what works for you. some people are really hindered by procrastination while others find motivation in it.

Procrastination can also be a big hinder to my creativity. For example when I’m super bitchy during the last week of every month (What I call My Meriod) I’m literally too moody to be creative so I usually procrastinate a lot during that Time. It causes me to take a break from the light fluffy stuff and focus on things where it’s okay for the reader to catch the bitchy undertone of my writing. once I have a book published anyone that reads my blog will be able to tell what part of the month specific chapters were written. Honestly I think It’ll be kind of funny for anyone that catches on.

Procrastination can go either way, My only advice is don’t procrastinate too much on those post secondary papers. Most people have a lower quality of writing when rushed myself included. The last semester I Took in college was a compressed English course. Working almost full time with a concussion while taking the course was killer. My procrastination skills definitely hindered the quality on the submitted assignments, but life happens. Even not getting the highest grade I could I would still say that out of all the courses I took It was the Most beneficial to me.