April 24, 2014 by Heather
I think the world is trying to tell me to keep up with this blog because it keeps sending me signals, like WordPress telling me it’s about to auto-draft my renewal fee. Another much less expensive signal is getting tagged to do a question/answer thingamajig by another blogger who I so admire. Ashton at Happily Ever Laughter was tagged by someone else to post about her writing process and she asked if I’d share mine (the nerve). At first I was like, Do I HAVE a writing process? That sounds so scholarly and well thought out. But I guess if you write at all there is some sort of process to it, huh? Here are the questions and my scholarly, well thought out answers…
1. What am I working on?
I’m assuming this has to do with something written..? If that’s the case, I’m currently working on this post. Outside of that, I have a few other projects going on that have been kind of keeping me away from the laptop for the time being. One of them is this: I bought an armchair for $20 off Craigslist back in February and had the bright idea that it would be sooo easy to reupholster it all by my non-crafty self. So any spare (nap)time and spare ounce of motivation is put into that these days, most of the time. I am about half-way through, and I CANNOT WAIT to do a before/after post about it because that will mean I finally finished it. I may even type it whilst sitting in the chair.
2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
This has pretty much become a mommy blog, there’s no way around it. I do try to keep it as balanced as possible, for a few reasons: 1) There are about a billion zillion of them already, 2) They are usually annoying (Look what my perfect kid did and look at me I’m perfect too!!!), and 3) I have many other interests outside of motherhood, believe it or not. I try to keep it real, though, so maybe that is a little different. And if the only difference between my blog and all the others is the fact that I write this one, then I’m ok with that.
3. Why do I write what I do?
Oh this one’s easy. I’ve kind of written about it before. Mark Twain said to “write what you know,” and that’s really all I do here. I recognize that this blog isn’t going to be well-known or read by the masses, but I enjoy doing it. I write what I write for three reasons: 1) I want to have it to look back on, 2) I want to maybe help other people (women) in this life-phase feel like we’re in it together, that we’re all struggling and triumphing over the same things, and 3) It feels good. My brain is a big fat mess of words and thoughts and who knows what else, and it helps to occasionally sort some of it out on here and then fling it out into the world.
4. How does your writing process work?
Well crap, now you had to go and ask a grown-up question. Oh gosh. My writing process. I guess it goes like this: a funny or stressful or embarrassing real-life situation happens and I immediately turn it into a story in my head. Or I am feeling too many feelings and figure that there’s got to be other people doing the same, so why not write about it and see. Once I have a topic and maybe a few starting sentences, I feel like I can sit down and add to it. Then it just goes from there. Life is happening all around, and most of it is really weird and funny and sad. There’s lots of material, it’s just a matter of whether or not I make myself sit down and write about it.
Is that it? I think that’s all the questions. Phew, I did it.