#FirstDraft60 Day 29: Sunday Reflections–Your Physical & Mental Writing Spaces #amwriting #nanoprep
On Sundays, we take a moment to step back and think about our writing from a wider view. Below the schedule for the upcoming week are questions to help you reflect on what you’ve done up to this point—feel free to answer them here with as much or little detail as you’d like; or answer them on your own blog or on Facebook. Or just write the answers down in a private journal or notebook. The important thing is to actually think through and write down your answers.
Reflections for Day 29
A. What is your physical writing space?
- Where is your physical writing space? What are its boundaries? Have you made it a “sacred” space (i.e., do others in your household know not to disturb you when you are working in that space)?
- Is your writing space distraction-free? Are the surfaces free of clutter? Is it clean? Is there anything in or about the physical space that could be or become a distraction for you if you find yourself having difficulty focusing on writing?
- What can you make sure you do have in your physical writing space that will assist you in being able to focus and not get distracted?
B. What is your mental writing space?
- What time of day can you best focus on writing?
- What time of day to you feel most creative?
- What type of environment is least distracting to your mind? Do you need quiet? Music? Soft lighting? Bright light? Do you get less distracted when you’re sitting upright in an office chair at a desk, or with a lapdesk slouched down in bed?
- What can you do to train yourself to be able to write in any environment?
- What images, sounds, smells, or other factors are relaxing and/or put you in a creative frame of mind?
- How can you silence your internal editor and just let the creative side out to play? What Creative exercises could you do for ten or fifteen minutes before your writing time starts in order to get the creative juices flowing?
- Have you done enough prep work on your story to start writing with the confidence that you have a clear enough picture of where the story is going that you aren’t going to get “stuck” once you reach a certain point?
I look forward to seeing your answers and will be posting mine soon.
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