Started on a new draft in new notebook. Keeping this progress report (lol) is helping with noticing some aspects of the process:
- Occasionally I’ll still have dissolving threads of dreams in my head when I start dragging the pen across the page;
- Those feel lucky, because that’s when the most compelling images get written out;
- These images feel like reading someone else’s memories or thoughts, and distinctly unlike what I could come up with;
- The best alarm sound for these is What’s New Pussy Cat blaring loudly from anywhere, but my bedroom – otherwise I’ll just turn it off and go back to sleep;
- 5/7 pages are just me complaining that I’m probably doing something wrong and planning schemes to fix it.
- 2/7 pages do that thing, where you’re in two separate places at once, like where you drift off to during a warm (and stationary) shower; or having no recollection of autopilot-ing home, because daydreams make cars porous enough to osmosis out of.
- I’ve experienced this kind of dual-attention most while listening to audio while embroidering or knitting. Routine or repetitive tasks or habits.
- The habit is writing without stopping (even to just write out the alphabet until I can start again – Lynda Barry trick!)
- On average my ROI performing the habit is just under 30% of salvageable material.
- I’m slowly getting faster, because I know what to expect now;
- My writing hand is getting stronger, or more relaxed during writing;
- It’s overall becoming a more enjoyable experience trapping my thoughts in a tangible form for later review;
That’s it for this week – be sure to check out this post of hand-drawn covers (and a review) of the first 25 books I’ve read this year! Or if you’d rather just get a snippet of 3 drawings every week sign up for the email newsletter below: