What are you working on/writing?
How does your writing/work differ from others in its genre?
Why do you write what you do?
How does your writing process work?
— Blog hop questions
Audrey Kalman was kind enough to invite me to join a blog hop. Thank you Audrey.
While I generally shy away from this kind of thing, the questions are estimable. How does my writing differ from others’ in the same genre? Would I really want to ‘fess up about my process (best described as scattershot)? How do other people go about writing?
Checked back to see how past participants handled this meme. Here is bestselling author Laura Munson in an introduction to her answers:
Writing is just what I do—it’s how I’m wired. I’m no good at getting to the gym or balancing my checkbook, but I know what it is to sit at the intersection of heart and mind and craft that is the writing life, and I’ve done it with all my might for a long time.
Turns out…this is an uncommon way to live. Not a lot of people know how to climb into that uncomfortable but enchanted playground and play, skin their knee, fall off the merry-go-round, pump so hard on the swing they swear their sneakers touch the sky.
Here’s esssayist, editor and memoirist Ana Hayes:
When I am beginning a new chapter or essay, I start by writing with pen and paper. Then I type my pages into my MacBook Air. This is my first step in rewriting. And then I rewrite, and rewrite, and rewrite until I feel like there’s nothing else to rewrite.
It was inspiring.
So, I wrote back to Audrey to say — Sure. Let’s do this. She gave me a date to post. When her week came, she previewed the next featured writers — Darlene Frank and yours truly, and posted her answers, which are awesome and funny.
I write every day. I floss regularly, exercise 40 minutes 4 times a week, and get at least 8 hours of sleep.
One of those statements is true. Ask my dentist.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, it was time to pass the baton to other writers. First on my list was Kristin Ohlson, whose book The Soil Will Save Us, shook up my thinking.
Too late. Kristin had already been tapped: “Some Thoughts on Writing.”
Checked in with essayist and novelist Anna Willman, who is blogging about walking across the country, three miles at a time, and has published a series of Regency romances as well as literary fiction.
Sorry, Anna wrote. Too busy writing and walking.
How about my friend Valerie, who co-chairs the Mid-Valley Willamette Writers and recently released a memoir, Smell the Blue Sky?
Nope, no time either. How about Tess of “How the Cookie Crumbles,” currently entertaining her 1000+ followers with tales of her visit to China?
Already tapped. See Writing Process Blog Meme
You get the picture. As nominees politely declined, my week to post — expired!
But a strange thing happened along the way. I got into reading about why and how others write, and want to read more.
Let’s open this meme.
Have you already participated? Leave your link in the comments and I’ll stop by and read about how, why and what your write.
Want to participate for the first time? Answer the questions on your blog or website, then leave a link. I’ll visit. While you’re here, check out two or more writers who leave links. Keep the ball rolling by inviting more writers, and feature your nominees on your blog. It’s fun to see who is putting up great posts.
Again, the questions are:
1. What are you working on/writing?
2. How does your writing/work differ from others in its genre?
3. Why do you write what you do?
4. How does your writing process work?