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.
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!