On Sharing The Process
I‘ve been re-reading Show Your Work by Austin Kleon.
His advice: Make the thing you wish existed. It’s perfect advice. But what does it mean for those of us who have a hard time taking up space?
- For those of us who are queer
- For those of us who are living outside of the binary
- For those of us who are autistic
- For those of us who have a hard time finding our authentic voice
I live at the intersection of all of those things, and I’m trying to get better at trusting myself and my unique creative process. It’s okay if the outcome isn’t *worth* keeping or sharing, I keep it as a way to reflect and improve.
After years of telling myself that I’m not writer, I’ve been working on a Queer YA Novel. It’s based on my experiences as a queer and trans person, chosen family, my dad’s death by suicide, and the friendships that save us. I have to continually convince myself that the process of creating is more important than the end result. For now, I am enjoying the process of world-building, and exploring myself through the characters I am creating. The process of storytelling has helped me get out of my own head, and it’s been comforting to find a home for my thoughts and emotions in a fictional story. A week ago, I had only written about 500 words, and I’m approaching 3,000 now. As I continue to write, the more I understand the characters, myself, and my intentions for the story.
Tools I’m using:
- Field Notes: For manually jotting down ideas.
- Evernote: So much of writing is just being a good observer and listener. I use Evernote on my phone to quickly write things I’m thinking, seeing, and feeling.
- IA Writer: I’ve been using this for all of my rough drafts. I’ve found that this is a great tool for stream of consciousness writing.
Reedsy Editor: Easily my favorite to use. It has formatting built in and I actually feel like I’m working on a real project when I write. It helps me keep the end goal in mind and helps my ideas feel more fully realized.
Query: How can we use the process of creation as a way to find a home for ourselves?