The blessing and curse of being a dyslexic.
In all seriousness anywhere that I become still too long is a perfect place to think.
I usually do all my writing on my desktop, so I'm not very mobile. I have written on my phone. It reminds me of the days I would write my stories in spiral notebooks, but it's not something I want to continue doing. Keyboard on my phone is too small.
I pace around my apartment and mull over details. When plotting, I'll do this for days at a time, usually from the moment I wake up until the moment I go to sleep, if I can.
eric_river Wrote: i haven't written on a train, but i'd like to try it
I don't recommend it. Too uncomfortable, too many people. It's easy to get distracted.
Writing, I write at my desk. But I prefer to do it at night, in the dark, alone. I write best then when I feel like there's nothing in the world but me and my story.
eric_river Wrote: i get lots of thinking done while walking or hikingSame for me! I really enjoy taking a walk and figuring out where to take the story next and how to fix potential plot holes and such.
PistolShrimp Wrote: I pace around my apartment and mull over details.Also this! I really like talking myself through my ideas, and it helps to set up a table where I can have paper or flashcards to jot stuff down. I sometimes just walk around figuring out my story until I have something worth writing down.
I was instructed to have dialogue - which I had none. So could I add some? Where?
Subconsciously, I decided to change POV characters. I don't have enough time to really build up a repour for all of the characters I have in the first chapter and within 1,000 word limit. So focusing on one, for the immediate chapter, while giving the MC time to breath and grow into his role through the eyes of a character I'm very likely to murder by the end of chapter 4.
I found I struggle to focus on thinking about the writing - I have to let it sort itself out a lot of the time. But knowing when to step away and work on something else and when to come back to it, is very important.
When I try to do my active thinking is during a bath, as I try to get comfy for sleep and walks. Walks often turns into a session of all of the social things I don't understand or managing my finances in my head. I avoid listening to podcasts/audio books during this time because the subconscious NEEDS to work, even if I'm talking finances and planning a move overseas with myself. Walking was something I used to do to manage anxiety.
To get inspiration accidentally - that's as I'm getting comfy for bed or if I hit a nice sound track.
To get inspiration intentionally - I rush my drafts, and have recently started burst writing just to clear the blank page paralysis - I'm a better re-writer than I am a writer.
I write seriously on Saturday mornings and some evenings - but a LOT of my writing gets done in 500-word gushes when I get a new idea or insight. Threading them together - that's what Saturdays are for.