I still find it hard to call myself a writer, or introduce myself as one. But it’s nice when other people consider me one. So when I was recently invited to participate in an Blog Author Tour about my writing process by Jessica Smock of School of Smock, I was surprised and flattered.
I first met Jessica when she wrote to me, asking for help with her new blog, and I was more than happy to. It was a pleasure working with her, and getting to know her. Since then, I’ve been happily watching her flourish as a writer and blogger, and even publish an anthology, the Herstories Project. She wrote about her writing process last week.
So, here’s my “process”, if you can call it that.
1. What am I working on?
Several articles for Everyday Family. I write there once a week, and deadlines loom! I’m also drafting a couple of things to pitch to several websites. And of course, posts for this blog.
2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
I don’t know that it does, but I like to think that my writing voice is unique, and that my experiences coupled with my “style”, makes my work stand out in a genre that is overpopulated.
3. Why do I write what I do?
Because this is what I’m living. I believe that we have to write what we know and love. I’m living motherhood 24/7, and my passions lie in blogging, writing, photography and baking, so those are my topics of choice. I also love that I’m writing stories that eternalize my memories of this time with my children, both in words and photographs.
4. How does my writing process work?
This is a hard one because honestly, I don’t think I have a process. There are a few ways that writing gets “produced” around here.
One: I get an idea, usually when I’m doing something like cooking, or taking a shower, and I get to my laptop as soon as possible, and start typing. I rarely leave posts in drafts. When I write, I publish. If I don’t finish a post, I never go back to it. The idea loses steam, and I don’t know where it’s going to go. So I just start over with something else.
Two: I react to something I read or watch – it could be a someone’s blog post, a news article, or a YouTube video. Again, I just write. I write from start to end, no stopping to edit or add links, until I’m done. Then I read, and re-read, and do a few edits. Finally, I add links and photos.
Three: Life is my inspiration, usually. When my kids do something, or we hit a milestone, or I see the extraordinary in the ordinary, then I write. These are usually the easiest posts, because the words are already there, they just need to be “released”. These are the posts that are the least edited because they are truly from my heart, and I don’t know any other way to write.
Next week on March 31, the tour moves on to a couple of writers who I love reading.
Kerstin Auer writes at Auer Life, and she’s a German transplant to Canada. I love her honest wit, and her great perspective into life and parenting. Her no BS-attitude to life makes her my soul sister. She’s also incredibly supportive and caring, I’m so lucky to call her friend.
Kiran Ferrandino, author at Masala Chica, is one of the most introspective writers I know. She covers a myriad of topics (from motherhood to world issues) with the same thoughtful intelligence and honesty. She is also the founder of the incredible Simply Om, a jewelry company who gives back.
What is your writing process like?