For Thursday, December 3, 2015:
“Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say.”
There were two reasons I started this daily feature two or three months ago. The primary reason was to serve as a vehicle of inspiration for folks, both known and unknown to me, who were struggling with their writing in some way. Either they couldn’t get started on a project or they were stuck. Because sometimes a short quote can jumpstart my own writing, or bring it to a close, I thought I would share my growing collection in the hope that one or more might help others.
The second reason was to give me some discipline. Until I started The Prompter Room, I hadn’t written every day in quite a while. With only a few exceptions – all related to travel and procedures for medical reasons – I have come here every day, and it wasn’t long before I started looking forward to it.
My usual process is to read through my notebooks and pick a quote that speaks to me, or someone I know, in some way. If I can come up with a sentence or two upon reading one or more quotations, then I start drafting my words. Some of the finished posts are more successful to me than others – I always read through and edit as I go along, sometimes deleting or rearranging sentences or paragraphs, but I know there are some posts that could be better. Some go into the draft folder to wait for another time and I start over again with a new one, or I’ll go back and update a published post. They’re not always as polished as they could be, but in this case, I think the immediacy is more important than a more formal medium.
This process has helped me get a few words out virtually every day. It may be fewer than 500 words and I write nothing more that day. That’s up to 500 words I wouldn’t have written otherwise, though, and sometimes I’m surprised, even delighted, by the thoughts and insights that emerge.
I hope, too, that some of these posts serve their primary purpose and inspire something in your words and/or your creative process. Thank you so much for the positive comments and feedback some of you have sent back in response.
This daily communion has become a ritual and a pleasure, and I’m so pleased that my effort to connect with others through the ether seems to be helping a little. Thank you for joining me in this process of discovery!