Finding Your Writing Personality
How do you get the words flowing? Be open to change.
A cup of coffee, vigorous exercise, meditation, the ever elusive “silence”… I’ve tried these and more to get in the zone for writing. Do you have a routine or go-to method for getting the words flowing?
It will take trial and error to create your best work. I recommend keeping an open mind about trying something new. What aids productivity one day may hinder it the next. What works for me may not work for you.
Traveling naturally inspires me to share stories. Leaving the city isn’t something I can do everyday though. What I can do almost daily is spend time in nature, whether it’s sitting in my backyard, walking to the park, or a lengthier excursion.
Prompting ideas can be as easy as changing your environment. If there are limitations to getting out physically, take a mental trip by looking at your own photographs. Remembering the moment when you took a photo could prompt an unshared story. I once had a spider photobomb my sunset shot. That’s on my list of story ideas.
Thinking about your own writing personality, which of the following best describe your “ideal” or “too-real” writing scenarios?
- Sip your beverage of choice and listen to ambient sound, because you love to get lost in your work.
- Voice dictate to your phone in an airplane bathroom, because when a moment of inspiration strikes you don’t delay.
- Draft with pen and paper while relaxing in a hammock, because you can not get enough of nature.
- Park yourself in a coffeeshop seat and drink caffeine until you get it done, because coffee is your life elixir.
- Feverishly stroke a keyboard when your deadline is near, because you work better under pressure.
- Type in bed until the wee hours of the morning, because when everyone else is asleep you can finally hear yourself think. (Or you’re an insomniac).
- Lock yourself in the bathroom and edit stories on your phone, because children have a way of demanding attention as soon as you get in the zone.
When it comes to a writing personality, I have multiple personalities, and you can too!
Which of these scenarios can you relate to? When it comes to a writing personality, I have multiple personalities, and you can too! In my imagination, my ideal scenario would be number three. Swaying in a hammock shaded by trees, the only sound a gentle breeze rustling leaves, letting nature inspire me.
My too-real scenarios lately have been numbers five and six; working under pressure, often into the morning hours. Number four happens on occasion when I really want to get out of the house. And, I really want fresh coffee. Renting work space for the price of a cuppa is a budget-friendly option if it’s not a daily occurrence.
Your sense of self-awareness will increase as you learn about yourself as a writer, a thinker, and a human.
Writing inspiration can strike anytime, anywhere. Always, always have a way to record it — on paper or digitally. Write it on yourself with a stranger’s pen if you have to. Just don’t let that story seed slip away!
We won’t always be able to choose our preferred ritual to get in the zone. I invite you to get creative about where, how, and when you write. Your sense of self-awareness will increase as you learn about yourself as a writer, a thinker, and a human.
When you feel stuck, try something different. Voice dictate stream of consciousness, grab a pen instead of a keyboard, or snap a photo. You may surprise yourself. Personally, I don’t have a niche. I like to keep an open mind about writing on absolutely any topic. Including photobombing spiders.
Rachael Ann Sand writes about life’s lessons and experiences including educational, humorous, and personal pieces. Thought provoking, informative, and often entertaining, her writing style is infused with personality. Rachael earned a B.S. in Elementary Education, MN Teaching Licensure, and Parenting Coach Certification. Her passion for the next generation extends to all living thing. As a cyclist dedicated to a sustainable lifestyle Rachael rides through the world on two wheels. ~“For my health and the health of the planet.”