I was tagged in a fun blog game by one Margaret LaFleur, my writing soul mate on the wonderful terrible journey of pen to paper. It is super rare for me to be included in a blog tag game and this is about writing process, which was a topic several people asked for more on, so here we are!
1.) What are you working on?
I am working on a lot of freelance projects that happen not on this bog and fun pseudo-sponsored stuff that does happen on this blog. I am also working on collecting a cornucopia of ideas for creative projects. I am also writing/editing for a large company every day between the hours of 8:30am and 5:30pm. And I am working on finding the mental space and time to make it all happen. I think I will be adopting my own “writing seasons” so that I can be productive without feeling like I’m losing my mind. Or that my life is spiraling out of control, which sometimes feels like my reality currently.
2.) How does your work differ from others of its genre?
Oh my god. Um. Ok… first, I guess with freelance/non-fiction/business (minus the actual writing I do at work) I try and center everything around story. I don’t want to talk about a product unless I have a story to share. I don’t want to talk about something just to talk about it, I want it to have some sort of meaning to my life that I can convey to others. With fiction and creative stuff I would like to think I have a unique voice. I attempt to make the mundane interesting. I enjoy writing about ideas or people who are normal except not. On the right path except the path is a little twisted, stuff like that. I don’t know if that’s unique, but I hope i give it some sort of special seasoning.
3.) Why do you write what you write?
It’s how I communicate best. It’s what I’m good at. Professionally I enjoy the challenge, regardless of topic, and I think I’m better at it than the average bear. Fiction-wise, I used to feel compelled. Now it feels like something I SHOULD be doing, and I have a lot of guilt and self-shaming surrounding it. Which I don’t find productive. With non-fiction I do feel compelled right now. When I don’t write for a little bit often an idea will nag at me, nag at me, nag at me, until I can put it down. Either a train of thought or a concept I can’t shake, or a memory that won’t let me go. And I really have to write it. I just have to. When that happens it is usually some of my best work.
I think I’m supposed to tag 3 people, but the Margaret stole one of the people I was going to tag (Laura)!! And a lot of the writers I know don’t have blogs OR I don’t know them (really) and they are famous and I am too shy to ask them to play this game with me.
So I am tagging just 1 person. The lovely Kristin who writes at Not Intent on Arriving. She writes about travel, her daily adventures, her small moments, etc. She is also a poet and lives in New York. I wish she lived closer to me because when we did meet in San Francisco, just for a brief lunch, I felt super connected to her and that we could be writer buddies 4 life. She is just the loveliest person.
If you are a writer and also have a blog and read this blog, please let me know! Because I don’t know! And I want to know!
And if you would like to play the game and answer these questions – even if you are not a writer, maybe you take pictures or paint or do some other cool stuff that I do not do but wish I did – please feel free to answer them in comments. I love people’s processes. Understand how we are all the same and yet different at the exact same time is really magical.