Before Words Hit the Page

Before Words Hit the Page

Since I switched from writing these Sunday Stories every week to once a month, I’ve noticed it’s much harder to write them.

I loved writing the stories every week. It took me a half-hour to do so. I thought about what I would write throughout the week, so I always looked for items of interest I might put to paper. It heightened my creativity and made me look more closely at my world.

Even if I wasn’t drafting a story, I was always thinking about what I might write, which is part of the writing process called prewriting.

Most people think writing is a singular act, but it’s not. Writing is actually a four-step process: prewriting, drafting, editing/revising, and proofreading.

Drafting is what we usually consider writing, but the step before drafting a story is sometimes even more important than filling a page with words.

Prewriting includes many processes, including thinking, composing in your head, brainstorming, reading, writing rituals, researching, walking, outlining, and so forth.

It’s anything you do that prepares you to write.

To write these Sunday Stories, I enjoyed romping around in prewriting all week long before I began drafting the story. I took photos, jotted down notes, looked up info, wrote and rewrote versions in my head, and had a good old time doing it.

That prewriting process enabled me to draft my Sunday Stories each week in a half-hour. Then came the editing and proofreading. The real work followed when I spent several hours creating the posts on my website, finding photos to go with them, putting together the email to send out, and such.

I say that not to tell you I will resume writing every week but as an observation about the process. If you do it consistently, writing is much easier than if you start and stop. Those periods of not writing grow longer in time, and returning to your writing desk takes much longer. Bottomline: write regularly.

Also, I wanted to thank all of you who donated to the GoFundMe campaign for my pool buddies, Martha and Marsha Taylor. With your contributions, they purchased a 2020 Nissan Rogue with 84,000 miles that still looks and smells brand new.

Here’s the message they wanted me to pass on:

My sister and I can’t say thank you enough for all the help everyone has given us. We will do the same when it’s time to pass it on to someone else. I’m not very good with words, but thank you from the bottom of my heart.

If you intended to donate but haven’t done so yet, they can still use the money to cover the increased insurance and car payments they now have. Here is a link to read more about Martha and Marsha and contribute if you care to: Thank you so much.

Tell us about your prewriting process. What do you do before you write? How does doing that help you?

Until next time, happy writing!

Also, if you know someone expecting a new bundle of joy, check out Baby’s Five-Year Journal, which we just received. With a beautiful cover of baby animals and fourteen pages explaining five-year journaling and how to do it successfully, Baby’s Five-Year Journal is the perfect gift for new moms and dads.

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Norma Beasley
5 months ago

Good morning everyone. Thank you Patricia for this post. I practice all the things you mentioned. Like Dave I carry a pocket size notebook (3)in fact for ideas that come to me. A million thanks for updating us on the twins and initiating the effort for a deed well done. Such efforts propel humanity forward. Love ‘ya for doing this. Peace Pround.

Norma Beasley
5 months ago
Reply to  Patricia

Thanks for the feedback. How funny. They must be doing “pinch me”

Steven Weisberg
5 months ago

Pre-writing involves coaxing my muse to “make itself visible”.
Attached is my story, inspired by the prompt:

Before Words Hit the Page

Catherine Farrar
5 months ago

I laughed out loud, Steven. I’m happy your muse hung in there with you. You make a great team.

Monique Cobbs
5 months ago

As an easily distracted individual whose mind is in a thousand places at once, I rely heavily on any snip of paper that is handy when I have a brainstorm, because if I don’t write a thought down immediately I cannot guarantee its lifespan. I then put the note with all my current writing material. From there the idea will have many incarnations with elaborations, additions and deletions.

David Godin
5 months ago

My prewriting process is evolving. It still includes a great deal of daydreaming. But I have also recently incorporated a pocketsized notebook where I write ideas, half baked sentences, and similes that come into my head.

Mireille Shenouda
Mireille Shenouda
5 months ago
Reply to  David Godin

I simply love writing ( I wrote about 400 poems and some short stories) but lately, time: family health and especially my second passion painting distracted me as well as reading and sports.
I scribble the moment an idea crops up then make notes, write to elaborate then get feedback then proofreading.

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