Last week Sarah from Little White Whale asked me to share How I Write, which is a current blog hop going around. I agreed because I love to read these stories from others. I also think it is important to share so other people may seem some similarities in our stories and decided to write theirs too.
1. What am I working on?
Listen To Your Mother. Our show is May 4th and for the last couple of months this is pretty much all I’ve been able to think about, as my sporadic posting on my blog testifies to. Last summer I was working on a series, Summer Loving, that I would love to get back to after everything dies down. Also, I’ve made a promise to myself to finish a manuscript this year (I have several ideas) and submit my writing to more places (which I’ve done, but won’t know the outcome for awhile).
2. How does my writing differ from others of it’s genre?
As it reads in my mini-bio over there in the sidebar, my writing is honest and real, but I deliver it with sass and, hopefully, grace. I’m not sure if this sets me apart from everyone that writes in the memoir/parenting blogging space, but I’m okay with that. It is one of the things I love about this type of writing and the people who do it. We put it all out there, and that helps people. At least I hope it does.
3. Why do I write what I do?
As far as the blog, I have two reasons, one for me and one for the reader. I write for me because it is how I learn about myself. I didn’t know this was a thing until I started sharing so many personal stories, but I’ve learned more about myself in the five years since I started this blog than I ever did before I had it.
For the reader, earlier this year I decided to write a mission statement for my blog. Not with the intent of sharing it, but to help me focus on what and why I write. It is:
To share personal stories, advice, tips, and photos that have an impact on the reader.
That’s what I want to do. Have an impact. Hopefully one that is helpful.
For the other types of stories I write, I do it because I have to get the stories out of my head. For years and years I didn’t realize that these characters circling around inside my brain were trying to tell their story. Now that I do I have to get those stories out, whether I share them with others or not.
4. How does my writing process work?
I’m not sure I have a writing process. Most of the things I write I work on in my head, sometimes that takes five minutes, sometimes it may take five months (if I’m being stubborn). Most of my writing is done on the corner of my sofa after the kids have gone to bed. David sits in his chair right next to me, and I tap, tap, tap out whatever it is I’m writing. See? That’s why I’m not sure what I do sounds anything as official-sounding as a “process”.
One of the things I’m supposed to do as part of the blog hop is to tag two other people. I’m tagging Elaine, who writes at The Miss Elaine-ous Life and is my LTYM partner in crime, and you. That’s right. You. Consider yourself tagged. I want to know How You Write.