Writing: Taking My Time.

The last few months have been quite busy for me, so I have cut down on the number of posts that I share every week. This has left me feeling slightly guilty, though I’m not sure why this is the case. Do I feel like I’m breaking some divine writing/blogging/social media law by not posting everyday? Or am I just being a classic over thinker?

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Hmm.

Anyway, I’m trying to get back to basics and do what I did when I started classicallyivy in 2015: write posts up to three months in advance.

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Here’s how long it takes me to write different posts:

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1. Poems: 1 day.

Whether it’s a short or long poem, a free flowing poem or one with rhyming verses, a meaningful love poem or a silly poem about terrible kisses, I start with an idea, then a first draft, and then I spend the rest of the day rewriting it until I’m satisfied with the end product.

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2. Essays: About 1 week.

This refers mainly to my newsletter, Ivie’s Musings. Usually, an idea would have been lingering in my mind for days, before I figure out the tone with which I want to address that particular topic. I also like to incorporate other things in the newsletter, such as my favourite posts from the previous month or any interesting life event which has occurred since the last Newsletter. Then I rewrite the draft several times(this is a recurring theme in the different things that I write).

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3. Short stories: 3 weeks to 6 Months.

I like to take my sweet time when writing short stories, which is why I get very cranky when my stories are plagiarized. I get ideas for my stories from personal experiences, conversations I overhear or just my overactive imagination. Sometimes, I have the idea for the end of a story and I work my way backwards to the beginning of the story. Or, I could finish a story and in the middle of the night decide that I had made things too easy for a character and change the ending. For my story, ‘The Chairman’s Wife’, it took me 6 months to figure out how to move the story forward. Short stories are some of my favourite things to write.

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4. Books: 3 months to 2 years.

My first two books are collections of poems and short stories, so it was a matter of compiling existing stories and poems and writing more stories and poems to make up the numbers. This took a couple of months.

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For my novel, ‘Dirt In The Dust’, I had the idea for part of the story for a long time, but I couldn’t make up my mind about whether or not I wanted to write it in the first or third person. (Random fact about me: I either make quick decisions or take an eternity to make decisions-there is no middle ground).

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I (finally) decided to write in the first person, from the perspective of the two main characters, Imade and Chibuzor, in alternating chapters. This took a while for me to execute, but I got to the end eventually.

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For the novel I’m currently writing, it is taking me a while to finish, because the book is refusing to rewrite its first draft by itself (very annoying).

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Every Writer’s writing style and journey is different; I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about mine.

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Here’s to more writing and (finally) finishing my fourth book 🍾🖋✍🏾

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Ivie.

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Written by

Ivie M. Eke 2019.

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