BLOG THINGS: Writing Habits

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


What happens when you write consistently? You develop habits, and hopefully they're effective!

Habits are formed usually when one does something consistently. Over time, I've listed down a few that I've observed in myself:

Windows Notepad
I write first on Notepad before I transfer it to Blogger. I used to write stories on Notepad a lot back when I was still small and the internet was only dial-up connection. Maybe I like the font? Maybe I like how it looks like I've written a lot, then I get all excited to fill it out even more. It loads faster as well compared to a Word document, wherein there's those margins, and the tendency for it to crash at times. But the sad part with Notepad is that there's no auto-save function, so when I accidentally close it, it's gone forever. But thankfully, it hasn't happened yet..

In Betweens
I do lots of things in between while writing. I stand up, I take a restroom break, I drink a glass of water, then go back to writing again. There are times during weekends when I also stand up, take a bath, do my laundry, or talk to my mom, then go back to typing on my laptop afterwards. I take these opportunities because the best ideas come while doing other things.

Writing On The Go
I write during my commutes. One time, while the bus I was taking was stuck in traffic for almost 30 minutes at the same freaking spot!!, I used that time to brainstorm at least 10 topics I've been meaning to write about. I wrote the premise of each one, then thought of the flow on how I would write about these things.

Also, whenever I take the van for my commute, it's almost always dark and everyone's crammed inside without much space to move. I still open my phone and type while the van's moving. It hurts my eyes after a full day of working in front of my laptop screen, but nothing gets in the way of me wanting to note down every idea that comes in.

I Look At Something Green
If you follow my Instagram, it's no secret that green is my favorite color. It has nothing to do with a certain school that I'm affiliated with for the past 16 years or so, but looking at nature is very calming. I find that it helps me think better, and I'm just fond of seeing something look so still yet know that it's a living thing.

Free Writing 
I love free writing. I do a lot of free writing with pen and paper, then transfer it to Blogger. This is when I arrive at the office early and I don't want to start with work yet. It's fun to do free writing because it feels like talking; I could go on and on until my hand hurts. I also like to read what I've written right after. Sometimes it's funny, but sometimes I surprise myself and think that there's no need to edit it anymore.

Lately I Listen To The Beatles
Do you like listening to music while writing? I'm fine with either having music/background noise or writing in a quiet space. But lately I've been listening to my Beatles playlist a lot, and I don't think I'll be stopping any time soon. I have a mix of their upbeat and melancholic tunes. You can see my playlist here! I know I'm uncreative, but I simply named my playlist 'Beatles'.... haha! I'll think of a better name some time soon.

Drafts
I have a lot of drafts sitting here waiting to be published. I've established a rule for myself, that I won't publish half-baked entries for the sake of updating the blog. What I choose to publish, I know I'm happy with. :-)

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I can say that writing has improved the quality of my life, in a way. It's something I look forward to do after a long day at work, and it's made me creative in many ways. 

What are your writing habits?

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3 comments

  1. This is also what I do, though unfortunately don't find much time to binge-write a lot these days :-( Thanks for sharing!

    Hannah / stained tale

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    1. Been trying to squeeze in some writing time in between work too, lately! :")

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