#SOL18 Day 25 Writing Self-Reflections

I’m drawing a blank tonight.

Sitting in a swiveling, rocking, club chair with my laptop, I find myself staring off into the corners of the room. I thought I’d finished cleaning it earlier today…but now the loose ends are showing. My fingers tap at the keys without pressing them. The repetitive noise that results sounds a little like typing, except it forms patterns. Hmmm…

Every other night of the challenge there have been a couple of ideas ripe for the picking. As I sit here trying to pin one down tonight, I find myself at a loss. That’s not to say that I don’t have a few ideas banked from earlier in the month, I do, but here’s the thing…

I’ve found that my pre-bedtime writing routine this month has been ideal for producing flash drafts of something that stood out from the day, something fresh and at the front of my mind. It’s a nice chance to reflect on and filter through the events of the day. I’m liking it, and I may continue with some kind of end of day journaling when the challenge is over.

But tackling bigger ideas, or (I hate to call them) leftover ideas, seems to work better earlier in he day. My logical, planning brain works best early in the morning. (Well my planning brain never turns off, though I wish it would.) I guess it’s a good thing that I’m recognizing this pattern.

But here’s the thing. I’ve been reading some of your slices lately about walking and about water, and about early mornings when the light is different than any other time of the day. And as the weather promises to tip toward spring (well, eventually), I’ve been thinking that I could adjust my routine to free up time in the mornings. There are 20 minutes between seeing my oldest off for the bus and wishing my youngest a good morning. That had been the time I got dressed and ready for work…but honestly it doesn’t take long to get dressed. If I choose what to wear the night before I could steal some precious alone time with the soft, diffuse light of the new day. Ahhhhh. That sounds good.

I’ve set my fiction project aside this month while I’m blogging for the challenge and writing (and re-rewriting) reading units for work. When I return to it–I should probably pick it up as soon as the challenge is over so I can capitalize on the momentum of writing something every day. But this is a project best suited to my stronger morning brainpower.



Well, I’m not sure I’ve come away with a decision. But this is the time of day suited to reflection. I’ll let that over-active planning brain roll around while I try to sleep. Then my stronger morning brain can solve the puzzle.

Good night.

6 thoughts on “#SOL18 Day 25 Writing Self-Reflections

  1. What a good idea to reflect on your writing. I’ve never really thought about when I’m most productive for different types of writing. I think you’ve just inspired me to take a look at how I work as a writer. Maybe it will help me continue to write on a regular basis after the challenge is over!

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  2. I find that after reading other slicer’s blogs that I reflect on my routines too, I learn so much from all of you. I love the detail of you tapping on the keys, it’s brings me right there with you because I do that too when I’m thinking of what to write!

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  3. I find your observation of time of day correlated to type of writing to be interesting… not too unlike me. And for not having an idea… your certainly wrote an interesting reflective slice. March SOL certainly does support the building of a “momentum of writing something every day.”

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  4. I noticed that I changed my writing pattern over the last few days, writing several blogs ahead at the end of the week. Then yesterday I couldn’t get anything to come at my usual writing time. Probably because I had meetings all day yesterday. Like to read about other people’s process

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    • Last year I feel like I had more slices about moments with kids at school. This year I’ve been closeted in various meetings and it’s shifted the whole thing. But it’s neat to have the SOL Challenge as a lens through which to notice patterns across years (well, only these two so far). It’s like the annual photo calendar of my kids. Looking back through them reveals phases and growth and reminds me of moments I’d forgotten through the blur of time.

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