My Writing Process

I received a Facebook notification on Tuesday when I was still in the office.

FB_Alert

As I was still busy at work, I did not follow up on it. It was when I got back home yesterday, with dinner in hand and Neil Patrick Harris on Youtube that I remembered that I have to follow up on something.

So I quickly hopped on over to Pam’s blog to see what it is all about. I was still on full Barney Stinson mode when I read the post, so the last paragraph looked like this to me (you can see the actual blog post here):

Challenge accepted

Well, guess what?

I’m not sure if there is a specific format that we need to follow, and I’m too lazy to come up with my own format, so I’ll just follow Pam’s format and answer the same questions that she answered.

Without further ado, HERE WE GO!


WHAT AM I WORKING ON?

If we are only talking about the blog, NOTHING! I am a rather spontaneous blogger, my blog posts are either posted immediately or scheduled one day later. I am a huge fan of writing today’s blog post today.

*The post you are reading now is a scheduled one, I wrote it yesterday, but it was after I already posted something for yesterday*

If we talk about writing in general, I am currently working on a novella. At a snail’s pace, might I add. At this moment, I have no idea when it will be done and when it will get published. Hopefully some time next year. It is not a money making venture and it won’t be a full scale publication thing. My only plan right now is to make it available in pdf through the blog, and maybe through Google Play Books. For free.

HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS OF ITS GENRE?

I’d like to think that I differ from others in that I DON’T have a genre! How bout’ that? 😉

Okay, on a more serious note, my blog is a personal blog. In other words, my blog is in a way a representation of ME. As you can see from my blog’s header, it is about I came, I saw, I think. I believe every human being is unique from one another. And I think there is only one ME in the entire universe. At least I believe so, unless someone tells me that the Marvel Comics Universe is real. If I am unique, my blog is definitely unique.

If you want to read more about why I don’t have a genre, click here. If you don’t want to read more, proceed to the next question.

WHY DO I WRITE WHAT I DO?

I take this as another way to ask: Why Do I Blog? I already have a long winded blog post about this. Click here.

Jeez, this seems easy! Let’s go to the boring part..

HOW DOES MY WRITING PROCESS WORK?

As I mentioned earlier, I am a spontaneous blogger. I mostly blog about things that happened to me and things that I observed, be it earlier today or 10 years ago. I am also a person that is easily distracted. So, at any point of the day, when my brain tells me: “Yeah, I have a brilliant idea, let’s blog about this today!”, I will quickly login to my blog and create an empty blog post with this as title.

I do have a full time job, so the actual work for my blog usually starts in the evening. I am also into other freelancing works and my novella, and I try to blog every day, so I try to limit the amount of time I spend on each blog post. If I am working on a big blog post (more than 20 pictures and/or 1000 words), I would set a 2 hours limit to complete it. If it is a smaller blog post, then the limit becomes 1 hour.

Let me do a breakdown of a typical 1 hour blog post. The time is doubled for the 2 hours ones.

  • 20 minutes sourcing for media materials for the blog post.
    • could be photos or videos.
    • could be from myself, or other sources from the internet. If it is from the internet, then obviously I would need to get the neccesary linkbank information.
  • 30 minutes typing the blog post.
    • I’m not used to having drafts or sketches or outlines or whatever it is you call planning. I type everything in a single flow, from beginning to end. That includes the formatting (header, subheader, bullets) as well.
  • 5 minutes proofreading once.
    • Fix typo errors and grammar deficiencies.
    • Do some format rearranging to make more sense of the post.
  • 5 minutes proofreading again and making edits after hitting the “Publish” button.
    • I’m a huge fan of the Bill Gates way of doing things, otherwise known as rolling out your product before it is ready to capture market share. 9 out of 10 times, the things that I published will still contain typo errors and grammar incoherence. This is where I recheck and do minor edits.

I try to write fresh posts everyday. If I have 2 ideas to write in one day, then the 2nd blog post will be scheduled for tomorrow and I take a break from blogging tomorrow. I have not been on an extended vacation ever since I came back to blogging a few months ago. I’m not sure what I will do when that happens, but I am guessing that I will probably just pack my bags and forget about this blog for a few days.

And I think I am done with this challenge.


I think I am supposed to pass this on by challenging a couple of bloggers to do this. But I can’t decide who to challenge. I think I’ll just leave this open. Whoever thinks this topic is interesting and wants to rise up to the challenge, please self nominate yourself in the comments section below and I will edit this part of the post accordingly. 😉

Updated 12.12.2014: Ciana from The Tempremental has risen to the challenge. In fact, she completed it in lightning quick speed. Here’s her writing process.

28 Comments

    • Thanks, I guess.. Although I doubt my works are anywhere near as good as yours. 1 hour job can never compare to few days/few weeks job in terms of quality 😀

  1. So, now we know your writing process 🙂 I don’t have a process. Sometimes, I don’t know what to write and sometimes the ideas pop up here and there and I have to quickly write it down. By the way, I am also a fan of Barney Stinston 😀

    • Whoever who watched him once will be a fan. He is that good. He is LEGEN- wait for it, did I mention he is that good? -DARY! 😀

  2. I don’t schedule my posts… so each day blogging is like a daily homework for me… after office, I will “crack” my head on what to write but you know me la.. mostly my daily adventures on Food! But there are times when the topic runs too.. like the current post… 🙂 No challenge for me on this… 🙂

  3. I would have said *challenge accepted* but I’m not very good (and not very happy) at writing posts without any pics ;). Plus, I have too many outstanding posts still in my draft folder (they’re so lengthy…ya, ya…I’m very “cheong hei” one) coz I can eat (and cook) a lot faster than I can write 😀 : D. Glad you gave us an insight to your writing process.

  4. I really yan seong you leh.. Definitely not a lazy man at all. All your post very detailed and interesting one.. Not like mine, post some cake or baby photo, write some descriptions and then, ok bye! Haha 😀
    Like mun, I shall have to pass too.. There’s no process, nothing.. I post like once a week only and to be honest, there’s really nothing much to write jor.. My life boring 🙁

    • Taking care of 2 kids is not boring. In fact, it is the opposite of boring. Unless you are implying that both your kids are boring, in which case.. How dare you?! 😀 😀

  5. I’ll pass mainly because there is no writing process involved. I just post the photos and write a few lines of captions. That’s it.

    Hahaha, on your reference to BG. I guess he will not be happy to read what you say about his products. 😀

    • LOL! If you read earlier versions of his published autobiographies (some of which were endorsed by himself), they all mention the same thing. He readily admits (or at least he used to admit) his business strategies and defends them by saying things like: “If you wait too long to introduce ground breaking technology to the world, you are committing a bigger sin of holding the world back”.

  6. interesting to read about your writing process, and you are definitely not a lazy man to take that challenge and atill be able to write about how you write!! I’ll just ignore and get the inviter hates me, muahahaha!! :p

  7. Not too sure how long I would take to write one post but I’m retired – I’ve all the time in the world so it does not matter if I do it fast or slow…and at times, when in the mood, I can write a few posts at one go and line them up, all scheduled to appear in turn day by day.

    • For a few seconds I thought you are taking up the challenge..
      I’m sure you are much more organized than I am, as far as I can see, you have a plethora of scheduled posts all the time.

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