When I write a story, I also write down my thoughts about writing the story. Sometimes it helps me to sort out what my mind is doing and to give me clues about what I need to do next. I pulled this piece from my archives as an example of writing about my thoughts while writing.
To birth the story;
I think that I have to get out of my own way on this one. It wants to be told, in the worst way and all my planning and fussing has been there only to frustrate me. I will not make a plan, I will tell the story. I believe that this is right and it does follow the writer’s workshop textbook that I have read.
I wonder if I haven’t been just over-thinking the process of writing as I have my files and resources and all the rest that seem to be prep work for writing but in a lot of ways is not.
Thought writing can get me writing again but it can also become a diversion and in some cases can stop my writing. I find that what I read; influences what I write. So after I have stumbled or stalled in a story, and I have written about my frustrations, I turn to reading fiction. My mind usually becomes clear and focused again on the story writing process and I move forward.