My writing process has floated comfortably between the preparation and germination stages, until this course. Before then, I would have lists of ideas for projects I’d want to start, and sample pieces of writing that I would usually produce in one sitting without revisiting afterward, and never made it much further past that phase. With time and distance from that moment of writing, I never really knew what to do with these fragments of random inspiration that would hit me. Committing to the idea of taking a writing course and then actually starting to do the weekly exercises and submissions has finally plunged me into the working stage, and given me a framework of how I can logically and thoughtfully give attention to these orphaned ideas.
For the project I’m exploring within this writing course, I am at the working stage when I think about the scope of the whole memoir project. Each weekly submission allows me to explore ideas and gets words on paper to reflect these ideas; I am producing writing without any commitment to order or even voice of what the final piece will look and sound like, and instead focusing on the content and the specific moments of each given submission. Yet, within each submission, I go through all of the stages to some degree, definitely spending more time at the germination and working stage, but still taking time to order and shape each piece before submission. I can’t avoid thinking about how they will all flow together, but I am practicing patience throughout this working stage so I can be open and receptive to what my writing might be trying to tell me, rather than being married to the ideas I had when I was in the preparation stage. I am definitely keeping my mind open to the notion that I may decide to take all of this content and rewrite it with a totally different structure or voice or tense. Anything is possible.
As I am just developing my writing practice and understanding how I need to organize and balance my life in order to have consistent progress, I have left a lot of other projects in the preparation/germination stage where the most that I’m doing is just taking note of ideas that hit me and saving them for a time where I am more ready to give them the attention.