I’ve seen a couple “Blog Hops” or “Blog Tours” recently – a time to share your own writing process and introduce others who have inspired or influenced you. My friend, Megan (who is a writer of books) just posted her process and invited me to do the same. Megan and I are in a book club together. We meet once a month, share food, drink wine, laugh, and read books written by women or which feature a strong female lead. You can read more about Megan’s writing process and books she’s working on over at her blog, Womb of Words.
My Writing Process:
1) What are you working on?
Well, really I’m just working on this blog. I started it last November to become a better writer. I found that dumping my thoughts into my journal is cathartic but since there’s no editing involved and I’m the only one who reads it, I wasn’t stretching myself. I still don’t view myself as a real writer – more of a hobbyist blogger, so I guess I’m also working on a change of attitude.
2) How does your work differ from others of its genre?
I guess I should figure out what my genre is… Mommy-blogger? Faith writer? Storyteller? I suppose what sets this space apart is that I try to tie universal truths to mundane life experiences. Since the life experiences I draw from are my own, I can give a unique voice and perspective.
3) Why do you write what you do?
I write life stories because, even when I’m doubting myself, I do believe our stories matter. I believe we learn from each other’s experiences and that community is formed by our unique experiences and perspectives. I am amazed at which stories get the most response – usually the ones I’m most nervous about sharing. It’s a good reminder that we can all look at seemingly small things and find grace and redemption.
4) How does your writing process work?
Writing process sounds so formal! I write during naptime and sometimes during Daniel Tiger. With an almost-two-year-old, writing gets squeezed in during quiet moments. When I started this blog, I did make a commitment to write twice a week, and I’ve mostly stuck with that. It’s been good practice to have that goal – especially during weeks when nothing has happened, I have to dig for stories and am surprised at what I find.
Follow more writers!
I’m still quite new to the blogging world, but these two women write beautifully and offer wonderful encouragement.
Alexandra Kuykendall is a friend from MOPS who writes about the messiness of motherhood. Her book, The Artist’s Daughter empowers mothers to embrace their stories. You can check out her personal blog here.
I think I first interacted with Juliette through a What I’m Into link-up. In any case, her writing is thoughtful and I always leave with a new perspective. She blogs at Still Learning.
Who are some of your favorite bloggers or writers?