So how do you act like a Writer?
If I put that sentence into a search engine, all sorts of wonderful posts come up - How to think and act like a writer, how to dress like a writer, how to be a writer. It seems that I could spend days reading about the act of being a writer rather than actually getting on with the act of being a writer!
For me personally, acting like a writer is about the following routines and disciplines, although I could probably benefit from easing back on point 6 below - you'll realise when you get there.
1) I like to ensure that every day there is space and time for writing. This is usually first thing in the morning and if I have early meetings, I try and wake a little earlier to ensure that I can spend time with my journal. If I don't make the early morning slot, then I find time later in the day even if it's just before I go to bed. Although I have found that if I miss out on morning writing, my day feels unbalanced and my head in turmoil. The act of unloading my thoughts onto paper first thing is a powerful thing. I have come to realise how good it is to have this in my life.
2) I love the act of sitting down with a notepad, Laptop or iPad to create - whether that be creation of ideas, a first sentence or a few words that keep playing over and over in my head and demand something be done with them.
3) Acting like a writer means that I finish stories. Whether these are to be shared or they are purely for my own pleasure, I like the act of completion. I like to know that I've given my character every opportunity to be themselves. I like to make that sudden twist at the end of a story and I like to see words transform into something bigger once they are put together.
4) From a social aspect, I love to meet with other writers. I enjoy hearing their perspective on the act of writing, what catches them out, what keeps them going, how they like to create, how they generate their ideas. I'm simply interested in writing. I guess it's like any other interest - we like to meet with like-minded folk that share our dreams.
5) Ultimately acting like a writer means you have to write. You have to keep showing up on the good days and the bad days, especially the bad days and those days when the last thing you want to do is write. Those are the days to really conquer.
5) Finally - Cheese and Chocolate. I couldn't finish this post without mentioning the snacks that hold body and soul together during the tougher times. A chunk of mature cheddar and a cracker to eat while contemplating a character's next steps or a few pieces of dark chocolate with a frothy cappuccino while I reflect on the plot. Forgive me - I'm only human after all.
I'm sure that there are many more aspects about acting like a writer to explore and I'd love to hear from you about your own writing routines and disciplines, even if it's your preferred writing snacks. I'm interested in food too!