Friend and author, Denise, asked me to participate in a writing process blog tour. Sadly, I was unable to get friends to participate however I am still going to share my thoughts on my writing process.
Very simply, I don’t have one but wish I did.
I have been trying for years to become more disciplined about my writing. I purchased The Artists Way and did that for three days. I attended a year-long writing group and while that helped while it was running, I stopped writing regularly once it ended. My greatest challenge, and I am sure other writers will laugh and say this is an excuse not a challenge, is lack of time.
I work a very demanding full time (sometimes more than full time job). I am parenting two sons. I am a wife and mother and I am supposed to clean our home and cook our meals (I am pretty awful at both). I take 2-3 college classes a semester as part of my long term goal to obtain my MFA. In between all of that I socialize with friends and family, read voraciously (perhaps this is the time I should be writing) and spend too much time pondering what to do with my hair next.
Historically, my writing was more a form of therapy than any planned event. It just came out of me like water out of a spigot. I had no control. I had to write. I could not help myself. It was the way I kept myself somewhat sane. Like many writers, my best work (or so I think) came at the worst times of my life. Read back in this blog (there are ten years of postings here) and you will see what I mean. Check out Best of the Blog. It seems that as my life is less painful my writing is less impactful. Maybe? I know I am a strong writer regardless of the topic but for me I feel my really good stuff comes when my heart is bleeding beyond measure. Can I feel good about my work when I am not in a state that includes wanting to cut ones throat? You know, no tears in the writer, no tears in the reader kinda thing?
What am I working on?
I have a very rough draft of a memoir in process. Naturally it is adoption themed and shares much more than I have ever shared here. Those who have thought I have overshared here would be quite surprised to learn how wrong they are.
I also started a YA piece. It tangentially related to adoption/teenage pregnancy.
Finally, I have an essay drafted but it needs quite a bit of editing and rewrite. A woman I greatly admire encouraged me to rewrite a blog post found on this blog and submit it to the likes of Salon, Bitch, Literary Mama, etc. I agree with her it is a good piece but oddly I have not picked it back up and finished it up.
Why do I write what I do?
My freshman year professor of English at Columbia College – Chicago told me that writers write what they know. I know trauma, teenage pregnancy, adoption. I would like to try some other topics.
How does my writing process work?
It doesn’t. See above.
Since I cannot share other writers with you, I will share a few of my favorite sites related to writing.
Brain Pickings – Self proclaimed “human-powered discovery engine for interestingness”
The Rumpus – They have ” essays, reviews, interviews, advice, music, film and poetry”
Daily Writing Tips – Every day they “publish a new article, with topics ranging from grammar to punctuation, from spelling to usage and vocabulary”
I read all of these and more using my Feedly reader. Thank gods I do not believe in I found a good feed reader after Google went by the way of the dinosaurs.
Thank you Denise for featuring me. Sorry I could not play along as well as you were able to!