My Writing Process

 

I was tagged by my friend – the awesome and wonderful and oh so funny Andrea from About 100 Percent - to take part in a blog tour in which writers answer questions about how they write. 

Confession: I find it weird to call myself a writer. Will I ever get over that? I mean, I write every day. My pieces are published here and I have been fortunate to have post published elsewhere. But still, weird. 

1. What am I working on?

Blog posts. Lots and lots of blog posts. I have a history of starting blog posts and then leaving them a while. Sometimes I come back and finish them, sometimes I do not. Sometimes I run out of steam; sometimes the inspiration never returns. I am working on finishing things before that happens.  

2. How does my writing differ from others in its genre?

Am I not the only boy mom, sci-fi-loving, Jane Austen-reading, car singing, coffee drinking bread lover? No? Probably not.

So I don’t know that my writing is all that different. There are writers that make me sigh and catch my breath and gush and shout “YES!” They inspire me to keep writing, to find the words to finish those too-many drafts and speak what is in my heart.

I write what is in my heart – all of my silly, loving, sentimental, foolish, bumbling heart. And since my heart is my own, I guess that applies to my writing too. I think we all have a unique voice to tell our experiences. Our similarities make us feel like we are among those who understand; our differences give us a chance to learn. Writing is a way to share both. 

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3. Why do I write what I do? 

I love stories that lift me up. I don’t find inspiration in the negative – it just drags me down.  I think that is why I write about the little moments and reflections that I do – those slices of life and wonderings stick out. I know some people criticize bloggers for only showing the picture-perfect. By focusing on the positive things, I am not saying that I don’t have frustrations and times when I wish I could have 5 minutes quiet and a large slice of chocolate cake. I am saying that those frustrations are not things I want to dwell on. I don’t share all our stories; I share pieces of sweet that I want to remember and savour. (Like that cake.)

4. How does my writing process work? 

I write in bursts. Eruptions. Followed by trickling snippets. Plodding click, plunk, click of edits on the keyboard: a period here, an italics phrase, backspace, space, space. Backspace X 100. (I am wordy.) I like to write and leave it for a while. Coming back to it always gives me a new perspective. 

I grab moments first thing in the morning as I sip my coffee. If there are windows during the day, I will plug away or hastily type the phrases that are rattling around in my mind. Ideas come to me in the car and in the shower or when I am doing dishes. The words will repeat and grow and shift until I can write them down. Sometimes I make notes in my phone if I am away from the computer. I have written almost an entire post on my phone as I waited in the school pickup line. I do most of my writing and editing after I tuck the boys in. I often have plans to go to bed early; that almost never happens. 

Do you write? What is your process? I would love to read about it. If you would like to participate in the blog tour, please consider yourself tagged. I know many of my blogging friends have already joined, but if you haven’t jumped in for some reason, now is your chance. Write your post using the questions above and tag a couple of friends to keep the tour going. It’s your turn! 

About Kim Steele

Kim is an early childhood educator turned stay at home mom who lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband. Together they are co-piloting two young Captains, Alpha and Bravo. She writes about the funny and the sentimental of everyday life with her boys. Kim is fond of Jane Austen and science fiction and can often be found singing in the car - although she has been known to stop for coffee or chocolate. Connect with Kim on Twitter and Facebook.

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  1. I love everything you write, Kim. I don’t think I’ve told you enough. You have a knack for making every sentence flow effortlessly, using words and phrases that I catch myself nodding in agreement, responding to immediately. You have a gift for expression, and the positives that you share just make your writing that much more pleasurable to read!

    I like how you described the stop/start of your style, the backspace X 100. Oh, how I get that (I am wordy, too). :)
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  2. It’s funny because I don’t tell all of our family stories either. I will remember the good. I will remember the bad. However there have been rough times in which my writing couldn’t conceal my intense pain or anxiety. I remember those dark days and I wonder if I’ll ever be able to read those posts again. I hope so.
    Love that you’re on this tour with your wonderful words!
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    • Some things are just for myself and my family, you know? But yes, our writing can definitely show some of what we are going through at the time, whether or not we choose to share the whole stories.
      It was really neat to examine the how and when and why of my writing. :)

  3. I love these posts so much and find it so interesting to learn about how the writing process works for others. I love coming to your blog because I do find it uplifting and you have a way with words that just speaks straight to my heart and makes me smile. You have a talent for capturing everyday moments and seeing the beauty in them. Then, you say it very eloquently through your writing.
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  4. I love that you write about the positive, the happy, the sweet. Everyone needs some sunshine in the blogosphere!
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  5. I love reading your writing Kim. I love the stories that you share and they do lift me up and help me find the positive. It’s so fun to get a peek into everyone’s writing process.
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  6. I rarely go to bed on the time I “plan” on going either… It’s just so quiet to write later at night! ;) I’m so glad you shared this with us!
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  7. It’s been so interesting learning about how other people go about writing. It takes all kinds to make the blogging world go ’round!
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