Happy Monday Folks! Wait, is that… yes, I think it is! It’s spring!
Today I am taking part in a writing process blog tour to help promote my writing process and introduce you to others. I was graciously invited by Jim Scott, fellow member of the WCYR – thank you Jim for bringing me into the folds! Jim is a poet, writer and world traveler with a great number of stories to share. Please visit Jim’s blog at http://www.caridiangroup.com/blogged-passages/
As part of the writing tour, I was asked these four questions – to which I have provided my answers based on where my writing is at today.
1) What am I working on?
These days I spend my time writing short stories – some humour, some fiction, and some just because. I started a freelance writing business recently, so I am currently spending more time on query letters, articles, and corporate writing, and less on creative writing.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
What I most enjoy writing are real life stories. I enjoy making people laugh and to do that through writing is more difficult than it sounds – so I began this blog to work on my humour writing, and to have some fun along the way. I believe humour is one of the most difficult genres, but perhaps I am just biased. I don’t feel I have the wicked imagination of some of my writing friends, but I enjoy taking real life scenarios and turning them into quirky little stories.
3) Why do I write what I do?
Making people laugh makes me feel good. And having people tell me they can relate to my stories makes me feel even better. Life is too short to dwell on the negative, so I try to turn every event into an adventure – even the most self-deprecating moments!
4) How does my writing process work?
Process? What process?
Let’s see…. I keep a notebook in every purse, pocket and room in the house so if an idea strikes, I can jot it down before I forget. Because I forget. A LOT. I try to set aside time to write, but with a young family and a very busy schedule, it doesn’t always work. Recently I have taken to getting up extra early (yes, even earlier than my 5-year-old) and that quiet time in the morning is amazingly productive. I thought I would have to be really “awake” to write but actually, being half asleep seems to work better!
My advice to anyone trying to carve out time to write is to JUST. DO. IT. It’s easy to make excuses, easy to let time slip by (as I have many, many times) but in the end, the only way I get anything done is to write it in my schedule and just do it.
Next week a fellow writer and great teacher who will be posting her writing process. Please visit Leslie Jones-Lissack’s hilarious blog about her life as a clown. Yes, that’s clown. If you want to learn more, you’re gonna have to click the link! http://sunnytheclown.wordpress.com/