Since setting up this blog, I've found myself drafting posts in my mind as I take walks, drive to work, even while folding laundry. I've taken and edited countless photos. In my mind's eye I can see the posts, right down to which photos will be entered where.
So far, those mental drafts haven't made it here. I was starting to feel a bit bad about that, and then I read Anna Maria Horner's post about imaginary blog entries and realized I'm in very good company. Her post got me thinking about a statement I'd read months ago, that 85% of writing happens in the writer's mind before pen ever touches paper. It sounded like something Bruce Ballenger or Anne Lamott might have said.
I never did find it, but I found something even better. In The Craft of Revision Donald Murray explains that from the time he puts down his pen one day, to the time he picks it up the next " I rehearse what I may write, trying out lines, hooking fragments of information together, seeing patterns of meaning in my head... I silently--and sometimes out loud to my wife's surprise--talk to myself about what I may write.".
So there we have it. Whatever it may have looked like, I was actually taking the advice of a master. I was rehearsing.