This week’s Saturday Sidebar is a spin on one of the writing prompts from Mama Kat’s Pretty Much World Famous Writer’s Workshop:
“How long does it take for an idea to germinate in your mind before it becomes a published post?”
Check out what some of our World Moms had to say…
Alison Lee of Malaysia writes:
“I get ideas for posts very randomly. Some days, I have a ton of ideas and I jot them down quickly, and when I have time, I sit down to just write or flesh them out. They don’t always make it to being published, but at least I get them out of my head! Between my head and my fingers, ideas become posts within 2-3 days.”
Eva Fannon of Washington State, USA writes:
“I’m glad I’m part of WMB where I post periodically, because this is hard for me! I would not have enough time to write stuff for my own blog on a daily basis. I let an idea sit for a few days and start writing thoughts in a notebook I carry in my bag. Once I have enough to work off of, I schedule about an hour to sit and write a post. Then I sit on it for a day and re-read/edit the day after.”
Elizabeth Atalay of Massachusetts, USA writes:
I have a list of posts I’d like to write, but I look at the list and have to feel like writing about the topic for it to come out well. Sometimes it’s from my list, and other times I come across something in my day that I just have to write about or share, and I sit down on the spot and it just flows.
Jennifer Burden of New Jersey, USA writes:
“To monopolize my “not at my computer time”, I spend time thinking about posts before I write them – waiting at a doctor’s office, while washing dishes – those times when the kids don’t need me and I have my mind to myself. Then, when I get down to writing, it makes it a lot easier. But, I may write a post, think it’s ready to be published, but the next day or days after when I go to reread and edit it, it’s a mess! The key for me is to give myself more than one day to write something!”
Karyn Van Der Zwet of New Zealand writes:
“Often something happens with my kids and the ideas just pop. I then chose whether it’s a post for world moms blog or a post for my personal blog and away I go. I like to write and leave a post for a while, then edit and wait again. But sometimes I don’t. LOL”
Kyla P’an of Massachusetts, USA writes:
“In my personal blog, Growing Muses, I have a string of posts sitting in my draft file. Sometimes I’m moved to write about something but don’t have time to finish it or sometimes I get stuck and need to ruminate the topic more. Usually, when I have an idea and at least a two hour window, it goes from head to published. I try to post bi-weekly on my own blog. Often, just like with Facebook, I have droughts because I feel like I have nothing of great interest to say.”
Maman Aya of New York, USA writes:
“I have topics that pop into my head very randomly – sometimes 5 in a row and other times nothing for weeks. I keep the list of topics jotted down in my phone (it’s always with me after all) and eventually I get around to writing it. I usually take a few days to write something, re-read, edit, re-read, and eventually post it. I’m glad that I only write for WMB because I’d never be able to find the time to write something every day. :-)”
Meredith of Nigeria writes:
“Sometimes, I get an idea right away and I can write a post in about 15 minutes; sometimes it seems like I get the start of an idea that takes a few weeks to really process into a post. I don’t go anywhere without my i phone notepad app or at least a paper and pen to write some ideas down when I think of them:) otherwise, the idea is gone just as fast as it came to mind:)”
Ruth Wong of Singapore writes:
“I get ideas quite easily, so I try to jot them down quickly either in my notebook or smartphone before I forget them. From there to getting published on my personal blog, Mommy Cafe, it can be as short as within a few hours, to weeks! And sometimes, I can spend hours (even days) rewriting or editing a post – usually these are posts that are very personal so I take more time with them. I do have a perfectionist streak in me, so sometimes I spend more time editing than necessary! I’m learning to not be such a perfectionist!”
Tara B. of Washington State, USA writes:
“Ideas come and go, but I can feel it in my gut if I hit on the right thing to write about. The words just flow. So the time between ideas varies, but once I have one, I jump on it.”
Purnima of India writes:
“Sometimes my post makes perfect sense the first time I write it. Sometimes it needs revisions. Sometimes the idea kind of comes and I just get it out as a post within 1 or 2 hours. Sometimes I think and think for 2 or 3 weeks. It is never the same for me.”
ThirdEyeMom of Minnesota, USA writes:
“So far, for the last year and a half, I’ve never had a problem finding a topic. I wake up every day and just write! There is so much to write about, the possibilities are endless. If I do find a time when I don’t know what to write about, I pick up the story and see some injustice in the world and there’s my topic. Research time and off I go!”
What about you… how long does it take for you to get that post UP!
And do you have a question you would like to pose to our WMB writers? If so, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to see what they have to say.
Don’t forget to visit us tomorrow to check out the travel itinerary for next week posted by Kirsten Doyle!
– World Moms Blog
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