It feels so good to be doing another Thursday’s Thoughts. It’s truly been a while. But by the time this post goes up, I’ll have just finished my last high school final of time *breaks out the poms poms* and getting ready for junior prom. In this post, I wanted to talk about a mindset that’s essential to me as a writer: Writing is more than just getting words down on the page.
Don’t get me wrong, that’s the key part. But as a writer in high school, I’ve learned that writing is so much more. There are days that regardless of how much I want to write, I simply can’t due to other priorities. I’ve learned that as long as I’m keeping my WIP in my mind and thinking about it or as long as I keep engaging in something creative, then the story is growing. There are multiple ways to do this!
- Making a playlist
- This one is hands down my favorite. I honestly don’t think I could write without my playlists, but I’ll save that for another post. I don’t know about you, but I’m always listening to music. Whether it’s when I’m doing homework or going for a run, jams are always in the background. Whenever I hear a song that I think connects to a character or a moment in my WIP, I add that song to the WIP’s playlist. This ensures that I have my WIP on my mind when I’m doing a task that isn’t actively writing, and I end up with playlists that have 100 or more songs.
- Making a Pinterest board
- This one is similar to making a playlist! You’re actively engaging with your WIP by searching for pictures that connect to characters or moments within your WIP, instead of songs. And just like curating the perfect playlist, making a Pinterest board can suck you in. Before you know it, two or three hours will have passed. Trust me, I know from experience. But having a Pinterest board or character or story aesthetic that you like, can be super motivating to have as a reference when you sit down to get words on the page.
- This is one that I’m trying to get better at. As a writer, I have to take care not to drain my creative well. One of the ways that I keep it full is by reading (watching Netflix is another option, just saying), and getting lost in another world that’s different from my own. Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from your own world, which you’re so immersed in, and immerse yourself in another. Even though with reading, your WIP isn’t really on your mind, reading can help motivate and re-energize you to sit down and get those words down on the page.
- Listening to podcasts
- This is something that I’ve just started doing, and I don’t know why I haven’t done it sooner. I’m planning on doing a post about my favorite writing-related podcast sometime in the future so I won’t go into detail about them now. Like with reading, when you’re listening to podcasts your WIP isn’t at the front of the line. But for me, listening to authors I admire talk about the journey to where they are now is so so inspiring. Every time I finish a podcast episode, I’m always inspired to sit down and work on my own WIP. There’s also so many tidbits of advice that one can gain from listening to a podcast that can definitely shape your WIP or your approach to your WIP.
- This is one that I don’t do that much, though I wish I did. I know a few writers who journal throughout the process of working on their WIP, even when they can’t work on it each day. It helps keep them motivated and keep track of any stray ideas when they have that journal with them. It’s a tangible reminder of their WIP, and that definitely helps to keep their WIP in their mind.
I hope this post has given you all some different ways to stay creative and keep your WIP on your mind, even when you can’t write every day. And I always remind myself of this, but just know that you don’t have to write every day to be a writer. As long as you’re getting words down, regardless of when and at what speed, then you’re a writer. I’d love to hear if you all have different ways that you all keep your WIP on your mind or stay creative when you can’t write every day.
Happy reading, happy writing, and happy blogging!