DAY 6 – Take us through your writing process. Do you keep a regular writing schedule? Do you write on your laptop or longhand? Do you have a favorite place to write? Are you most inspired in the morning, afternoon, evening, or middle of the night?
I’m not a rigid schedule kind of person. I write when I need to. Sometimes it’s the middle of the night when I can’t sleep. Sometimes I wake up first thing in the morning to record a line that’s burning inside. Most often I am writing from 9:30 to midnight, when the house is still, and relatively quiet.
In my young adulthood, a car accident caused Carpel-Tunnel syndrome and my hands grow numb when they are held in one position like riding a bicycle or writing longhand. My awareness that I had limitations came about when I bought Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. You may know that her system of developing creativity is dogmatic; you must write three full pages of Morning Notes, in longhand, everyday. I couldn’t do it in longhand – my hand went numb after a half page. I am a Night Owl, not a Morning Glory, so I adapted and wrote my Nyte Notes on the computer. Yes! This also works!
My inner Rebel Child delays my efforts to work on a tight schedule. I get best production value right before something is due. Hence, by the time I’m posting today, WordPress says it’s already tomorrow.
My favorite place to write is my home office, where my computer sits at the ready. I appreciate the portability of a laptop, but I never got used to writing in a coffee shop; that’s where I do most counseling sessions. If I’m going to Skype a session, I’ll do it from my home office.
Eighteen months ago I had a TIA or ‘small stroke.’ This affects my ability to speak (“expressive aphasia,” it’s called). For six weeks I took speech therapy; I was amazed that the problem-solving exercises could pinpoint the locus of changes in my abilities. Previous to my stroke, I could easily do math problems. I kept a bank balance in my head and automatically figured how long it had been since a common event. Now I use a calculator for simple arithmetic problem. My spatial ability was affected; I get lost more easily, so I pre-plan a driving route before I leave. As for my vocal sentence structure, I find nouns are often elusive.
Right after the stroke I realized that I could sit at the computer and type out a story or a response when I wasn’t able to speak it. I published my first book, Adoption: More Than By Chance, in March, 2015. My second book is partially finished, and at least three more books are bubbling around my brain. As to the challenges: computers solve math problems, and GPS keeps me from getting lost.
We live in a great age!