Who, what, where and why? These are questions I ponder about a lot of things in life and none more so than when I am reading one of my favourite blogs.
I often think about the person behind the words I am reading and just like I do when I am engaging in people watching, I imagine where they were when they wrote it, what motivated them and what inspired them to write it?
I am joining in the recent blog hop to do the rounds - the Why I Write. The baton was passed to me by my gorgeous bud Sonia from Sonia Styling. You can read her post here to get an understanding of what motivates Sonia to write.
Today it is my turn to share or over share with you guys before I officially stumble across the marker and pass the baton to some of my fave bloggers to run with.
What am I working on?
As is the usual way with me I have a load of things on the boil at once. In addition to the daily ramblings on my own blog I write for a number of different companies / websites and the topics and type of writing I do for them ranges from tutorials to basic parenting commentary, interview style pieces and your run of the mill copy writing.
I have a few sponsored posts in the works at the moment and when I write these I always need to wait for the inspiration to hit me in an organic way. The story needs to develop naturally because a forced sponsored post kind of sits in my stomach like a week old tuna sandwich would. It just doesn't feel right, which is also why I tend to be picky with what sponsored posts I agree to do.
For me inspiration usually slaps me in the face at the eleventh hour and the story comes to life in the final minutes before the deadline strikes. A nightmare for my agent and the companies I write for I suppose, but an even bigger nightmare for my stress levels.
Like millions of other writers, I am also working on a book. Two books actually. One is a light hearted fictional chick lit and the other is a non fiction. The fictional book has the most awesome characters who are fun to slip into character with, but it doesn't get nearly as much time or effort as I would like to be able to give it. The non fiction is deep and raw and at times utterly exhausting and so I work on that in bite size chunks when I feel strong and brave enough.
How does my writing differ from others in its genre?
I don't know that my writing is really any different from others, it's just my voice is different because all of our voices are different and individual in their own unique way. That's what makes the blogosphere interesting - the humongous melting pot of voices.
My writing reflects how my mind works and how I think - which is typically pretty random and all over the place. I write with the same voice I would if I were to be speaking to you face to face. Sometimes quietly and slightly unsure of myself and at other times completely loud, unfiltered and often inappropriate.
Why do I write?
Because I fell in love with the freedom one has to express ourselves via the written word. Writing is a gift to anyone who suffers from anxiety or insecurities as it is sometimes easier to write what I feel than it is to say it out loud. I also love the way writing on the Internet connects us on a personal level with people we would never have crossed paths with in any other way.
Most of all I write because I generally have a lot to say.
How does my writing process work?
I have a number of different methods to my madness. I write when inspiration hits, which can be completely impractical at times. There have been many light on light off moments at night and numerous occasions I have climbed out of the shower and run naked to my bedside table to quickly note a thought before it disappears into the abyss that is my mind for like ever.
I will write anywhere and at anytime and I have notebooks in all my bags with thoughts scribbled into them. I also use the voice memo app on my phone when I am in the car. The peace and quiet of driving alone in the car usually ignites a good old conversation with myself. But instead of keeping the discussion in my head, I have that conversation out loud and record it with voice memo. I can then translate that later into a blog post if I feel so inclined.
And yes - I am aware that makes me sound like a complete nutjob.
I tend to have a schedule for the week I follow. I try to build in time to do at least one project, and the others slots are dedicated to whatever thoughts or ideas are tickling my fancy at that time I sit down to write.
I have a number of different places around our house that I like to write in, but depending on the season and how many people are at home and how noisy they are being - these are the usual four spots you will find me.
Okey dokey artichokey - it's time to pass the blog hop baton on to a couple of my fave bloggers who will share their story with you next week.