What Critter Are You Based On How You Work?

As the sun peeks over the horizon the ideas brewing in my mind all night flow onto paper with complete ease! There’s barely time to keep up as the words simply spill out and mesh together.

Okay, now that we’ve walked down fantasy lane how about we get real with each other.

My writing almost NEVER works like what we just talked about. Seriously next to never!!

More often than not my day starts out with grand intentions that last all of about 10 minutes. Sometimes less! You see I wear many hats. Writer is just one of many!

So as I put one fire out and head to the next I scribble notes on whatever I can find. Most of the time that includes blank envelopes, the notes app on my phone and even in the dust of the dashboard of the pickup. Hey, a girls gotta get those ideas out quick before they vacate my mind, possibly for good!

Speaking of writing ideas, my best ideas often come in the shower! Do you know how hard it is to take notes in the shower? Anyone else ever have this issue? I’ve learned to keep a notebook handy for right afterwards but would love to hear if anyone else has something that works for them.

Okay, so now I have all sorts of ideas flowing so it must be time to write, right?

I sit down at my computer and this blank white screen stares back at me. But wait, I have ideas, why aren’t they coming out when I need them? For me it’s often to many ideas and trying to narrow them down to something at a given time.

I’ve got the ideas narrowed down and start hen pecking a few words out to silence the flashing cursor of judgement! Wait, the words are starting to come easier now. I’m not sure they make sense but they’re coming easier at least.

Oh the joy, things are starting to work again. The keyboard can barely keep up with how fast I’m trying to type the words.

And then it happens! The front door creaks open and I can hear my beloved holler across the house, “Woman, I need your help, quick!” Curses, it all comes to a screeching halt.

Ranch life never goes by a schedule, EVER! So I stop what I’m doing and head out the door to help hubby move a tractor, doctor a calf and unload feed. Might as well go ahead and get supper in the crockpot while I’m stopped too, right?

It’ll come back easy right? I mean it’s already started and everything was flowing so beautifully. Shoot I’ll just pick this up and finish it with grace and ease! Alright, I’m going to have to go with grace as it sure isn’t coming with ease again. Ugh!!

Maybe some music will get it all going again. Yeah, that’ll help and while I’m waiting for that to kick in I might as well switch the laundry quick right?

Here we go, let’s try again. What, my word count is at 200? Did the computer devour everything I wrote before my blessed husband walked in the house? It had to have as I know it was there. Well, I thought it was anyway.

Graphics, yeah, graphics. I’ll work on those for awhile and that’ll pull this whole thing together. Oh look a cute kitten video! Eek, shut it down quick.

I imagine what it must be like to be a writer in some solitary log cabin in the woods. How amazing would that be?!?!

But you know that’s not me. I squeeze in writing late at night after everyone else is asleep. Many of my first drafts are done on my notes app with talk to text on my phone as we haul hay. Way to often it takes me several days to get a blog post fully ready as I do it in 5 minute chunks of time.

There’s nothing perfect about my writing style but I love to write so I’ve learned to make it work. Not sure it works for my readers but hey let’s focus on that grace again, okay?

So off to bed I go with my trusty notepad beside my bed for those ideas that come at the most opportune times! Ready to start the whole joyous process all over again.


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