New writing routine

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Writing is something I really struggle with. Can you tell from all the gaps of time in between posts? A bit ironic considering how I have a blog, right?

It’s not because I have nothing to write about, but rather because it’s hard for me to put pen to paper and articulate the idea in a way that will make sense to me or someone else at a different mood/mindset/time.

Maybe it’s because I don’t have a clear audience in mind or because I don’t even completely understand what I’m thinking/feeling at the time, or maybe I’m just scatterbrained. There are plenty of possible reasons.

The other night, I set up my laptop on the table in the living room (instead of bundling up in bed), grabbed all the candles I had, made a cup of honey tea and began to watch a tv show to decompress. Within minutes, ideas started swelling in my head and I had this urge to write write write.

I switched off the tv show and started typing. Something about the stillness and darkness allowed me to relax and just let it out. I felt like I could do and say anything without judgment or fear. I was relaxed but focused. The thoughts that usually delay or stop me from publishing faded away. Everything in the world was put on hold. Time just seemed to stop.

It’s the same feeling I get when I am out and about before the sun is up: the streets are empty and people are still sleeping and it’s just me. It’s the same feeling I get when I soak in a bath. It’s the feeling I get when I’m laying in grass or looking out at a spectacular view.

Just me, my thoughts and in this case, a blank page to fill.

Can’t believe it took me this long to discover this, but I’m glad I did. I went out and bought some tealights today! The desk that was previously cluttered with makeup and papers is now my desk again.
Here’s to hoping it’ll help me keep blogging more consistently in 2015.

What do you do to write more and better?

-AndreaM

Whether you’re keeping a journal or writing as a meditation, it’s the same thing. What’s important is you’re having a relationship with your mind. – Natalie Goldberg”

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3 comments on “New writing routine

  1. hadhopeamy | 6 years ago

    I love the picture that accompanies this post! It looks like it was great to write in that atmosphere.
    I have had 4 blogs before my current one and if you look closely you’ll see a time gap in this blog also. For me the problem was that I was writing what other people wanted to hear rather than what I wanted to write. I told myself I could only do one life update a week and one opinion post a week. I recently started a job where I have some spare time sitting at my desk which I use to write. I didn’t give myself any limits and it has lead to me writing enough that I can safely say I have one post a week written for 2015 up until August. It’s just a matter of typing them up and scheduling them! Another thing was forcing myself to write. That doesn’t help at all. I told myself that I had to upload on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I would freak out if something came up meaning I couldn’t upload. This current blog I have is going much better and it’s because I have told myself that I will write only when I want to and only when I can. I didn’t give myself a time limit. I only say that I have one post a week for 2015 until August because I wrote them first then decided when they will be uploaded.
    Another thing is the news. Again, it may not be your thing, but I would scroll through BBC News at work and all these opinions and thoughts would start filling up my mind until I felt I had to write them down and share them. Then one news story would remind me about this personal experience I’d had and so on. May not be your thing, though 🙂
    It may not work for everyone and I’m not sure it’ll help but there’s no harm in trying! 🙂

    • AndreaM | 6 years ago

      Aw thank you! That photo is what my desk looks like when I’m writing 🙂
      Thank you so much for sharing that. I’ve felt like that before and I still struggle with that. It’s hard to keep up with how much content is out there! So good to know I’m not the only one! This year I’m letting go of any deadlines and letting it come naturally and hopefully I’ll post as often as you do eventually!
      Here’s to an awesome year 🙂 happy 2015!

      • hadhopeamy | 6 years ago

        I’m determined to have a space as beautiful as that in the future 🙂
        I hope the ‘no schedule’ thing works out for you as well as it has (hopefully) worked out for me.
        Thank you very much! 🙂

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