What I really struggle with in my writing is process and structure.
I know I really need to develop my own practice and am stumbling towards that, having just discovered the concept of the ‘outline’ (not yet fully sure what that means but know it exists) and the ‘timeline’ (more self-explanatory).
What this means is that I don’t really know what to do when I sit down to write. I have no routine, no rhythm, only ever more polished and sophisticated forms of procrastination of which this blog is almost certainly one.
Others include web shopping and surfing, walking the dog, messing up the children’s social lives, messing up my social life and making lists of things I should (and shouldn’t) be doing.
At the moment, for example, I am torn between:
1) wanting to move on with the work
2) needing to submit the first 2,000 words as an assignment for my writing course (the beginning has been severely criticised by my writing group and I accept those criticisms)
3) wanting to reinstate some features of an early draft which I now regret ditching
4) watching Inception DVD for educational purposes of course
Or should I just write an outline first? And what is an outline, exactly?
Ah, yes, going round in circles round in circles in circles … and I haven’t even begun on structure.