The Write Process

Let’s talk about blogging for once. How I write, why I write and when I write.

Long meta note: This is a prewritten post I had on my old computer, dated circa June 2019. I was hoping not to use it, since my process has changed significantly since then, but…I better come clean. Lately, aside from the flailing I mentioned a few days back, I’ve been occupied with working on original characters for a story in a Discord server I’m in. I think I mentioned at one point I can only focus on either creative writing or blog writing at one time, which is why I’ve run my reserves empty. Also, I picked up Fairy Ranmaru coverage on magicalgirlsandcerulean at the start of March (which will only pick up as the anime airs – doing something similar for Boueibu is what led me to believe I could be a translator in the first place, so having a similar anime to take its place when I’m still doing my degree is invaluable for experience and motivation on that front).

I do have some posts planned (one tag post, a list post and the usual spring 2021 hype list so far). Haven’t watched much anime since I started my degree, but between everything I’ve got, my motivation to post here has been at an all-time low.

How?

  • I’m not one of those “be prepared!” people, in a sense…I need a topic, I need to be sitting at my computer and I need to be in the right mindset. Even if I’m in the middle of an episode, I hit pause and get down the skeleton or stray idea I’ve come up with.
  • I am also a “be prepared!” person, in a sense…I schedule my posts intensely, with my best content coming first. Good first impressions always work, right?
  • I don’t have one of those “blogger survival kits” I’ve seen people talk about before, aside from maybe an umbrella, some tissues and a plastic bag, because they’re typical things you might need every day.
  • For some reason, if I’m not writing straight into the WordPress editor (which happens for Must-read Monthly Mondays and other posts I schedule months in advance), I’m writing into a Word document (for posts) or Evernote (post ideas). In Word, I just use the basic styles provided for the headings and subheadings, substituting them out with the WordPress formatting when I’m closer to posting. Both programs have an awful long loading time, so if the idea doesn’t make the cut and I don’t think about it later, it’s probably not worth pursuing.
  • Some of my best-performing posts are the ones where I’ve been able to punch out an entire skeleton of a post in about 5 – 15 minutes using dot points. I then flesh out those dot points, sit on them for a few days or weeks to rework them (using separate Word documents to create a queue in a folder), transfer them over to the editor and read over them briefly before hitting that publish or schedule button. It doesn’t sound very glamorous, but that’s the gist of it.

Why?

  • Normally, answering this question involves answering the question “Why did the blog begin?”. The blog began because I was shifting in a direction that wasn’t quite reaching the ears of the audience I was dealing with at the time (Tumblr). I wanted to talk about anime as I usually did, but with a more reasoned, analytical approach that doesn’t synch with Tumblr’s easy-digest, laughs-a-minute format.
  • Why do I write these posts? They’re stuff I think is worth discussing and/or thinking about. I’m passionate about whatever the heck I’m doing, so everything should turn out right…right?
  • Why did I start with a scheduled format? I’d never tried it before, for one, and I’d seen various blogging tips stating you should have a schedule, so that people can anticipate when you’re around and producing new content. Even if you have to use the scheduler to get it out there, get your thoughts out there if you want them to be heard.
  • To continue from that last point, I only do a (mostly) weekly format because of my yandere-like obsession with whatever I’m into at the moment – if I think too much about something, I can’t think about anything else, so I have to learn where to pull the stops. The stops worked at once a week without compromising too much of anything else, which also allowed me to keep content in reserve as mentioned in the other parts of this post.

When?

  • I kinda answered this question already, but I just write things on the seat of my pants. That way, I just get all the words out without compromising in-the-moment passion and ideas.
  • Strangely, some of my best ideas come to me when I’m washing dishes, and my wrinkly hands can attest to the amount of thinking I’ve done. I’ve also had some very insightful questions and great post ideas I’ve put on the simulcast commentary, which serves as a backup source of ideas (one ACCA post I wrote came from when an anonymous user decided to argue against me about something I’d said about Lotta, and while I didn’t entirely explain what I’d said in the notes due to their nature, I thought it was worth recycling somehow).
  • As mentioned previously, the posts I like the most are written weeks in advance, which is how I can get Must-read Monthly Mondays’ “Spellbook Offerings” section to align with the actual content.
  • Speaking of Must-read Monthly Mondays, I write the summary normally right after I’ve finished reading the post. You’ll normally see I’ve used WordPress (well, Jetpack) to like the post before putting it on the segment, because if I can’t bother to log in and affirm that I like this content, there’s no point recommending it anyway.

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