Everyone has their own quirks when it comes to writing, I am no different. I have one or two that I am going to share. When I am looking to get my creative juices flowing I like doing housework, it really helps me get the juices flowing (honestly wish it was something more rock’n’roll like drink and drugs). When I am struck with an idea to write, I write it down and come back to it mulling it over. Something that I developed when working in the fast-food industry was going through the motions of work and having an idea formulate.
It seems I have developed this to the point that unless I do some form of cleaning or housework I am rendered in the precarious position of being unable to formulate a coherent sentence. What I am guessing why it works for me is that I switch off thinking solely on the writing at hand, my subconscious pushes out ideas because I am not trying to force them. Another affliction I developed while in college, when writing an essay, or writing a story I listened to music repeatedly. One I went to my friend’s house to write an essay and sat there listening to the same song for eight hours, thank you ‘flight facilities’.
The point that I wanted to share with you is that these are just methods that I use to tune out distractions that helps me to focus. Doing household work gives my mind an opportunity to wander and explore a thought that I have not fully developed, and listening to the same song allows me to tune out everything that might distract me, to the point that I don’t even notice the song anymore, there are no extraneous thoughts just one word in front of another, for me it is worth it if the process at the end is completed.
Everyone is different and this is what works for me. Maybe it will work for you, or maybe you have a better process for me to try?