I first started blogging a little over a year ago on Blogger.com, and one thing that I’ve been grappling with is how to structure my content. I am many things: a writer, an outdoorsman, an athlete, a nerd, a politically minded ass, and far more, for better or worse. Each day, I find myself being overrun with thoughts and ideas and arguments, and I want to write about all these things, but it’s hard to choose a topic when so many things matter. At first, I focused on sharing my short stories, adventures with hiking, and obsession with world football (or soccer for all ye Yanks, myself included), and it was great! I fell in love with sharing my experiences whilst delving into the experiences of others. The first blog besides my own that I ever laid eyes one was about nautical artifacts, a topic I know nothing about. But it enraptured me, simply because I was learning something new.
Fast forward to today, August 22nd, 2017. I’ve now gone through the process of creating and destroying my template hundreds of times. We’re talking destruction, rebirth, and again, destruction. I’ll live for a few months with a certain template, then open it up a month later with disgust. Then I’ll plunge into the CSS and editor mode with vile intention, only to log off less satisfied than I was a month before.
I’m decided to remove my fiction – the topic that seemed to bring me the most heartache – and turn my long posts and blog posts into a pure, real world focus. That’s not to say that I won’t continue to work on fiction; I have many great things in the works. However, my goal is to post every day for… well, as long I can. I have a lot to say like many of you, I’m sure. If you are easily distracted and hungry for new ‘stuff’, you’ll love me. So, now begins the daily blog.
Environment While Writing
Each writer – journalist, author, blogger, pick your poison – builds up a specific world around them in order for their writing to flourish. Some like it hot, others prefer the cold. Some do their best work in silence, while others find a chaotic, loud place perfectly viable. One person may choose to write with a pencil on paper, while his or her counterpart may choose to type away on their laptop. The sheer number of variables is impossible to imagine, and each writer has a unique mixture of them, some more bizarre than the next. Mine are straight up annoying.
The worst proclivity of mine is my inability to focus when at home. I find that isolation completely drains me of motivation, and it allows me to do whatever the hell I want. Within an hour at home I can go from writing a sentence to reading about the mating habits of a platypus to standing before the mirror naked, thinking to myself, “you need to go to the gym, bro.” The struggle is real, and boy is it hard. Very rarely can I focus at in the comfort of my own home, so I typically go out to an active place, like a coffee shop, namely the local Starbucks down the street. The vast majority of writing that I’ve done has been beside mothers gossiping about their teenage daughters and business men speaking in Russian. I blame my rampant attention span, but over stimulation seems to focus my mind.
Another bothersome writing habit is my yearning for another form of productivity. What I’m trying to say is that when I’m on my laptop, I want to write on a notepad, and when I’m scribbling away, I want to be typing. During a single day I find myself switching between the two mediums multiple times, so of course, I carry multiple notepads and my laptop charger with me wherever I decide to go. What will happen when I get bored of both at the same time? Blood. I will write with my own blood.
An issue that all writers have in common is the widespread threat; a lack of motivation/inspiration. I experience this daily as all other writers do, but I’ve found a way to train myself into a state of focus, almost like meditation. Writing is a deeply emotional experience, and it takes interaction with said emotions to develop good work. The primary way I transform from my overly logical self into my emotional self is through music. Depending on what kind of passage I’m working on, I’ll switch up my genre and artist to fit the mood. When I’m looking to focus on word count instead of quality – a usual first step for me. Good writing comes after revision and revision and revision – I play classical music. It probes the creative recess of my mind. When a piano solo is rippling through the folds of my brain, I tend to see entire passages as clear as day, and then I suddenly have an entire paragraph of decent work.
Thanks for checking in ladies and gents. Hope you enjoy and have an incredible day!