No Video Today

I didn’t have time today to put a Creative Process Video up, but I plan on getting one uploaded tomorrow. I know there isn’t much I can do about it at this point, but I can acknowledge the missed posting and share how I plan to correct the issue. I am not going to beat myself up about it because it is the end of the semester and I have a responsibility to my students. I also knew I was going to run short on time once in a while during these next couple weeks.

I will go ahead and lay out my plans for the upcoming weeks so there are fewer surprises. I plan to maintaint a fairly regular posting schedule for the next couple weeks, but the holidays will make posting irregular until after the new year. I accept this as part of the holiday season and will treat it as a normal occurrence. I wanted to give you a notice so you don’t think I’ve disappeared or anything. I will try to get that video up tomorrow at some point (it may be in the evening US time), but I cannot promise it won’t go up until Saturday.

I will try to keep you informed as best I can in the coming weeks and during the holidays. Thank you for reading and see you next time.

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A Little Later than Usual

I know this post is coming out a bit later than usual because I had to work all morning. I wanted to get this up today because I have found this blog to be a good way to reduce stress and discuss issues that are important to me and my career.

I have found the creative expression and descriptive ways I can approach talking about the writing process here has helped me produce my work for my courses with greater ease. I find it hard sometimes to think of what to say here, but I do know that my subconscious is working away at my writing for classes. I know I am being productive while I am working all the time, but I have to constantly flip and pivot to adjust and recognize what my mind is working on at any given time. The issues that can arise are worrying, but staying on top of scheduling and maintaining routines has helped me keep my focus and productivity levels high. Distractions can be focused into productive work on something I hadn’t been consciously thinking about – evidence to me of my subconscious doing work for me. It can be frustrating at times because I have been pulled in many directions at once; but I find it interesting and challenging to see connections between all of the writing I have had to do over the past few months.

Creative Process Video: Episode 9

Here is Episode 9 of the ongoing Creative Process Video Series. In this episode, I develop a connection between the secnes I’ve been writing and make a rough plan for the following scene.

I hope you enjoy it and please feel free to comment and provide feedback. Thank you for reading and watching. I will see you next time.

Closer to Winter Break

I’ve noticed these past few days a stronger pull to make blog posts and videos. I haven’t quite decided yet whether I am pulled here because I have a burning desire to say something or if it is a natural want to escape final assignments and grading at the end of the semester. I suppose it is both.

I have found that the Creative Video Series has become much more than simply an experiment in sharing my process with you. I have come to use it as a release valve when I am in the middle of working on numerous assignments with approaching deadlines. I am not saying my creative project is less important than my required assignments and grading, but self-imposed deadlines are almost always more kind than required deadlines. That last one was a bit of a joke. I’ve learned to be more patient with myself over the years and accept when the writing just isn’t flowing creatively. It does feel like a waste of time when planned writing time, which is rare, goes wasted. I can’t really say it is wasted because thinking about writing will often trigger some kind of subconscious work to be done, but the term underproductive just feels awkward.

I can feel myself opening up creatively bit by bit in the videos, but I can’t say I’ve had that breakthrough moment where it all clicks just yet. I hope to get there soon, but I also know I don’t have time to sit for hours and pump out work. I guess I’ll take it as it comes and not stress too much as long as I can maintain my routine.

Feedback is always welcome – positive or negative. Thank you for reading and I will see you next time.

Mental Revision of the Blank Page

As many of you may have noticed by this point, I’ve become derailed from my original plan for this blog as the semester has progressed. I am not going to launch into another apology post, but I need to revise my vision of where and how I want this blog to proceed. I am going to focus on real life and how it limits our time to write, but I am also going to relfect on the writing I am doing each week in the Process Series.

I don’t really have much to as in the way of generalized advice, but I can try to provide insight into how and why I am writing the way I am in the video series. I sit here writing this post fighting the urge to make another video. I am on such a tight schedule that I really don’t have the time right now to record and edit a video, but that doesn’t take away the writing pressure I am experiencing. I am writing this post on Thursday evening because I know I will not have time in the morning.

I know I could record a video and edit it right now to scratch that itch, but I have an assignment I need to get done tonight. Compromises like these are the most painful for me as a writer, but I know I can let my mental revision keep my current drive to write active in my subconscious until I have a chance to let it out and be productive. This is the true power of focused mental revision, which I believe can lead us all to good writing. As much as I want to give in and record a creative video, I must be responsible and focus my efforts to maximize my productivity before due deadlines.

I mention all of this because I’ve felt this way for years and I always make the compromise. This year I have overcome this tendency to forget or lose momentum and I keep returning to this blog and the video series. In this crazy year, where I have more to do than ever in my life to this point, I have managed to write more than I ever have before (between this blog and the video series). If I can do it, I’m sure you can find ways to build a writing routine as well.

Please feel free to comment, question, or give any feedback you like. Thank you for reading and I will see you next time.

Creative Process Series: Episode 8

Here is the new video in the Creative Process Series.

As usual, I haven’t looked at the document before recording so you can see the most realistic example of me trying to write cold as soon as I turn the camera on. This video, in particular, begins to reveal some of the issues that can creep in when writing in short bursts. I get some content down on the page, but I do not like it. I am presented with the choice to let it stand and “fix it up” later or dwell on it and attempt to “perfect it” as much as possible before I run out of time. I’ll let you watch and see what choice I make.

Thank you for all the support and for reading. I will see you next time.

Adapting to Changing Schedules

As I mentioned in the previous post, slight changes in schedules, free time, and family situations can easily derail writing plans. Part of the key to working during these times when planning and organization fall apart is keeping focused on the goal and reorganizing to meet changing circumstances. In the past, I have struggled with juggling my time and trying to get writing done. I have lost momentum on more than one project due to work and family effects. Now that I am more busy than ever, I feel I am more resilient and can keep posting here and making new videos for the Creative Process Series.

I feel part of my resilience is based on routine and habit. I started this blog with posting twice a day and I quickly found it was not possible to keep up that pace. When I switched to once a day, I realized I could write in the early morning and that worked for a while. After I realized I needed to take a break, I had to make a promise to myself that I wouldn’t abandon the project – especially since it is difficult to get back into the routine. Any damage I’ve done to my following and disappointment I’ve given my readers had to be addressed, but I couldn’t dwell on it or use it as an excuse to quit.

Beyond all of the practical and psychological obstacles (anxiety, feelings of failure, frustration with time constraints, etc.), I wanted to continue the video series. I am excited to share my creative process and I am motivated to develop and write the story I’ve started. It is funny though, since it is on YouTube and I know I could never sell it or others may “borrow” my ideas I don’t stand to profit or sell the product of the process. I find it more interesting and I keep making videos because I want to share my process. I don’t aim to teach, or sell, or anything like that, I just want to share because I feel it can help writers see that the writing process is uniquely individual and can be satisfying and frustrating at the same time.

I hope this was helpful. Thank you for reading and I will see you next time.