Remember, ideas become things.

August 22, 2012

{My writing ideas journal.}

Blogging takes a lot of work. 

It's not always as simple as sitting down, throwing together a fabulous-while-inspiring-while-funny-while-innovative post, clicking publish and calling it a day. For me, at least, it takes work. I love writing, but there's a process.

First, comes the idea. I carry around a thin journal at all times. When an idea sparks in my mind, I quickly jot it down, whether it be an idea itself or a simple phrase I want to use somewhere, somehow.

Then, comes the draft. Almost all of my posts start out in an email draft. I open up a new email and type away. When I get stuck, I simply save it and move along. When I am inspired to add more, I come back to my drafts and finish my writing. This has proven to be hugely beneficial in not making me feel forced to right in a certain time span or scratch a post because I can't think of how to complete my thoughts. Some drafts are from months ago just waiting to be finished. And they will be, soon enough.

Lastly, I copy the draft over to my Blogger publisher. I copy, read and reread, trying to catch any and all errors (sometimes not successfully). I throw in a picture and click publish. Sometimes, if I have a busy week ahead, I schedule the posts to hit during different times of the week. That's the beauty of scheduling: you post when your blog needs a post (scattered throughout the week instead of all in one day) and not only when you are all of a sudden inspired to write. 

And that is how I stay sane blogging and writing. 

What about you? What's your process?

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  1. Nicole @ Three 31March 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Hey Jordy! Your writing process sounds much like mine, thank goodness for "drafts" and idea journals. Although, you've inspired me to keep a notepad on me at all times (even though I detest carrying a purse!) in case an idea comes to mind. It never fails, the few moments I'm completely relaxed, lying in bed about to go to sleep, an idea will spark and I'll say, "Oh, I should write that down!" but oh no, I promise myself to remember it and then, what-do-you-know, it never crosses my mind again. GRRRRR I'm going to do better. You're inspired me to be better. Thank you! I love our bloggers network. =)

    Nicole @ Three 31

  2. Glad I inspired you! They even make tiny notepads that fit in pockets. I can't stand knowing an idea can disappear!

  3. Lauren {at} Life.Love.LaurenMarch 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    I just throw all my writing into blogger and divide them into posts, but I like the idea of bringing back my planner and being able to jot stuff there too.

  4. Evernote is my friend--I've been using that on my phone to jot down ideas or pictures that I want to use. Other than that, our writing processes seem very similiar. Great minds!

  5. I have to write ideas down more. I sometimes "lose" them. sigh.

  6. Jennie@gotmyreservationsMarch 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    I love the idea of sending yourself an email when the idea strikes! I use a journal too, but most of my posts are inspired by a photo that I snap, usually on my iPhone. By sending myself an email with the photo attached, I can do both at the same time.

    I also keep a file on my computer where I download the photos -- I call it Blog Ideas -- and I name the folders with both a category and a title that tells me what the photos are.

    Great post!

  7. Same here! I always convince myself I'll remember, but it never happens.


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