Recently my friend Brandie asked if I’d be interested in participating in a Blog Tour about the process of writing. I agreed because I like reading, and writing, about writing!
Brandie writes about her various creative projects, and her resilient life, over on A Journey Of 100 Stitches. I am grateful to know Brandie, and count her as an inspiration in my life.
Here’s how a Blog Tour works- participants answer the same four questions, then name a few other bloggers to do the same, having received consent from said bloggers. The idea is to connect writers with other writers. I like making connections. And now, here are my answers to the Blog Tour questions-
What am I working on now?
Currently I’m working with a copy editor friend on some of my previously written and shared poems. We’re cleaning them up, hoping to pull something together for a magazine submission. I am enjoying the process of looking at older writing, receiving feedback, and working my words like clay on a wheel.
I respond to Write Alm Prompts a few times a week, usually with poems or short narratives. Prompt writing is a great way to build my blog and try on different forms of writing.
On Sundays I post in my series- Snapshots of Gratitude. I find this to be a centering practice, where I look back on the previous week with the intent of finding the good.
How does my writing differ from others of its genre?
I write about some dark and difficult things on my blog. Some of my most visited topics are shame, chronic pain, and the struggle to practice self-compassion. It’s difficult to even say the word “shame” without cringing, so I often broach these subjects through poetry. Poetry is a way to apply gauze over a gory wound before going out in public. I want to connect with people over my words, not scare them away!
Why do I write what I do?
I love the Ernest Hemingway quote, “Write hard and clear about what hurts.” I write because I hurt. I write because I’m compelled to work through my internal struggles. I write for therapy. I write to heal. The reason I share my writing is to access empathy. Hearing “me too” in response to my writing brings great meaning to my life.
How does my writing process work?
I’m a sit-down-and-write writer. While I reserve morning coffee dates with my personal handwritten journal, my blog is another matter. I don’t have a set time, place or topic. I fit blogging into the lulls of my day, or when the muse is banging so loudly in my chest that I can no longer ignore her.
I tote my laptop to the porch swing, my bed, or the couch. I have a desk, but never use it. When I’m ready to write, I pull up a daily prompt, or just start typing my internal narrative. Once I have an acceptable amount of cohesive words, I clean them up, add a photo, and share.
Sometimes I want to post on my blog and don’t have a damn thing to say, even when guided by a prompt. On those days, I sift through recent photographs on my phone, looking for a spark. When I find inspiration, I run with it!
That’s the end of my Blog Tour Q&A session. I hope you’ve enjoyed a glimpse of my writing process. Now I’d like to introduce you the bloggers I’ve chosen to answer the above questions about their own writing processes! Let’s keep the Blog Tour going!
Jen writes about fashion, style, and self-worth on her blog, Fashion Cents Denver, and blends the line between these worlds beautifully! I enjoy Jen’s posts about how to shop and dress, of course, but mainly I adore her words on taking care of ourselves, and courageously being ourselves. I hope as you visit Jen’s blog, you get a sense of your worth, and direction toward your personal style.
Cyn shares prompt responses on her blog, Writing More To Right Me. Cyn writes about her life, travels, and her ongoing adoption process, and shares photos of her adventures as well. Cyn is a kind and resilient person. I appreciate that she shares insight of her adoption process, a path she walks with strength and hopeful optimism.
Amy writes about her passion for art over on her colorful blog, Amy Hood Arts. There you can find everything from photos of Amy’s creative adventures, to her various user-friendly art tutorials. It’s a bright and happy blog. I learn so much from Amy, and hope you do, too. I especially love her (You Can) Carve A Stamp tutorial!
The above bloggers will respond to the Blog Tour questions next week. I’ll link to them here as they do! And don’t forget to visit Brandie, who I mentioned at the beginning of this post. Brandie’s response to the Blog Tour is here. Thank you for including me, friend! And thanks to you all for reading!