No but for real, I am a part of this group called Arkansas Women Bloggers. And what that means is that I don’t participate very much and add virtually nothing to a club, and still get a lot of insight and advice from seasoned veterans. Sounds fair right? Anyway, Sarah White of Our Daily Craft posted in there a couple of weeks ago and asked for volunteers to be a part of a blog tour talking about your personal writing process, and in the nature of getting out of my comfort zone, I hopped on board!
So here ya go, My Writing Process:
1) What am I working on?
Right now, I still consider myself as a blogging newbie, so I am working on finding my niche and learning all about the blogging world and where I fit into it.
On a more “professional” side, I also ghost-write blog posts for smaller companies, and I am working on expanding that.
For my personal blog, I write about my marriage, God, myself, and just all that is life in general. I occasionally post a recipe or a rare successful craft, but mostly I just talk about being a Christian woman in her 20s. Simple as that. I try to be funny, because I’ve been told that I am, and because I personally think I am much funnier on “paper” than I am in real life, so we’ll see how that one works out. I would love to write a book someday, but for now, we’ll just stick to posting about growing up and being refined into a better person (hopefully!) with each day.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
When I started this blog, I decided to be myself in it. I see a lot of women posting about crafts and DIY stuff and I’ve been very open about the fact that I am terrible with anything that requires being patient. (I would also much rather support those people by hiring them to make things for me!) When I do post about a project, it’s usually because if I can do it, a monkey probably could too, so that baby needs to be shared with my other craft-handicapped friends!
This is a place for me to be real and share my struggles, wins, and lessons learned. I think I am different because I don’t try to paint the picture of a perfect person on here. If anything I am a tad overly self-deprecating, which also happens to be much of my humor style, so it works out nicely. 🙂
3) Why do I write what I do?
It took a long time of my husband bugging me to start writing before I finally realized that I may actually have something to say and to not sell myself short.
I’m pretty new to this whole “being obsessed with blogs” thing. I have found that I enjoy ones that are funny, Christian, about life, real, etc, and so that’s what I strive for mine to be like. I want to follow in the footsteps of many of my writing role models and someday be able to write books and speak at conferences, and to share what God puts on my heart to share. I find it refreshing to read humorous accounts of real life issues and if I can add to that by honestly writing about my own, then that is awesome.
4) How does your writing process work?
I try to find God in everyday circumstances. This is something that I’m getting better at with time. I’m figuring out what sharing those small lessons and struggles looks like on this blog. I’ve always been a decent writer, but writing in this form is completely new to me, so It’s been fun to figure out how I make it work. I usually take a layer approach.
As I experience something or have an idea, I will usually make a draft with just a title or idea description.
When I have time, I will go back and write a post on that topic and then at some point realize that this is not a paper for school that I will be graded on.
I’ll go back through it a few times, adding more line breaks, changing sentence structure, making it sound more like me when I talk, try to make it funnier, adding bolds and such, make it less boring, etc.
And then sometimes the words pour out of me and I do virtually no editing and go back after publishing it and think “Oh. My. Gosh. Please nobody have seen this” as I scramble to speed-edit.
You live and learn. I just hope that my typos and waaaaay too many “like”s give someone a chuckle!
So there you go, my extremely complicated, well-thought-out writing process!