Sunday, April 15, 2012

How I Write A Blog Post

I have always been passionate about writing. Throughout elementary school and middle school, I wanted to be an author. I desperately wanted to see my name on the cover of a book and I ached to watch people read my books. I still have a desire to publish a book, but until that day comes, I satisfy my need to write by blogging.

When I write, I get into a sort of trance-like state. Sometimes I have no idea what I've written until I go back and edit. My mind knows what it wants to say. It doesn't need me to fight for the right words to express myself. I can do that later when I edit. I write and write and write until it sounds like it belongs on the page. Quite often, I'll be in the middle of writing a post when I decide that I hate what I've written and it's not what I'm trying to say so I erase it all.   That usually happens when I try to force a post and I don't let my brain do what it's good at.

Music and Writing

Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Ki...
Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There are times when I struggle to get into the trance-like state I need to write a post. And that's where music enters the picture. A good song that gets my heart rate up is all I need to write. And you never know what song will work for that day. It's always changing. For example, today it's My Chemical Romances' "Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys" stuck on repeat. A couple of days ago it was "New Low" by Middle Class Rut. Good music with a good beat will not only help you write faster but I find that it also helps me find my rhythm. 

The other key ingredient to writing a good post is location. I write in bed in a reclining position so that I can rest my joints. It's hard to focus when you're in pain. I usually will stick a stuffed animal or a small pillow behind my lower back for extra lumbar support. Plus my bed is right next to my bookshelf, so I'm never far from my favorite books or a dictionary. Sometimes a little literary inspiration is all a person needs.

Once I've finished my post, then I come up with the title. By the time I'm finished writing, I'm usually exhausted so I don't spend as much time coming up with a title as I should. But I never know what I'm writing about until it's finished. Even if I plan it out, the content always changes.
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