I have always loved reading and writing. I learned to read by my mother reading to me every night, until I eventually memorized the words and somehow figured it out, and it wasn’t long after that when I started writing.
My parents once bought me a junior typewriter and I loved typing out my own stories. It seems writing has been a passion and desire of mine for as long as I can remember! To me, growing up, there was nothing better than a brand new journal, with fresh blank pages ready to be filled – and it’s still the same way today! It’s funny; my husband shares the same love of notebooks and journals. . . you should see our collection. I never filled them up, though, because I could never write as fast as I could narrate. I preferred typing my thoughts.
When my friend Kirsten from Cheerfully Imperfect asked me to participate in this blog hop for women writers, I had never heard of the concept. But the idea is wonderful: it introduces new women writers and their stories each week, and passes from one woman to the next. I’ll answer the following questions about my writing and then next week, the next participant will answer the same questions, in her own words. Let’s get started!
What am I working on/writing?
Honestly, I am just coming out of my first bout of writer’s block. How cliche! I had always heard of it but truly, it is a foreign feeling to sit in front of my keyboard and not know what to write about or where to start, even if you have scores of ideas saved somewhere. I’m learning that writer’s block is an interesting state for a writer. It’s like having both lungs full of air and forgetting how to breathe!
So what I am working on right now is trying to get back to posting blog posts three or so times a week. A writer needs a good outlet. I’ve found that a blog is the best journal I’ve ever kept.
How does my work differ from other writers in my genre?
That’s a tough one. All I can offer is myself. I really try to keep things simple in my recipes and tutorials, and all writing in general. The reason for this is because when I first started delving into healthier living, I was completely intimidated by it all. Things that have become second nature to me were alien and too complicated to even fathom trying. I never want to make anyone feel that way when reading my posts, because I completely understand being intimidated by doing things differently. So, due to limited time to do all that needs to be done each day, I can only do things simply, and quickly. There are some bloggers and authors that construct amazing recipes and detailed processes, and I hope to one day be able to do complicated things like that – but for this season, simplicity is king.
Why do I write what I do?
I love to learn, and I love to teach. I kind of feel sorry for my friends who have to get an earful of the latest things I’ve learned. 😉 You, my dear readers and friends, get a somewhat filtered, updated version, but I truly hope it helps you in some way, however small that may be.
My goodness, I am so thankful for the Internet! That probably sounds strange, but I love that there is so much information to wade through, right at my fingertips! Sure, I know the Internet has its problems but using it for good, to educate myself and others, has been very fulfilling to me, and very rewarding. The internet needs to stay free so people can learn and continue educating themselves. Just a little PSA there. 😉
So, my blog is mostly a reflection of what I’ve been learning lately and want to share. It’s also a reflection of what’s going on in my life and my heart as of late, which can be difficult to work through. Writing helps work things out for me.
How does my writing process work?
This process has been changing since day one, but I think I’ve found what is working for me. Whenever I get an idea for a post or some other writing work, I immediately text it to myself on my phone. I always have my phone on me, and it’s been the easiest way to keep up with ideas. This also goes for when I am experimenting in the kitchen. I’ll text myself the recipe I am coming up with or working on.
Then when the idea or recipe is ready, I move it to the website/app called Workflowy. This has been life-changing for me. It’s so simple and basic, and it has really helped me organize my thoughts, posts, and future plans, so writing is much easier – especially when working with tutorials or recipes. I love technology! Have I mentioned that already?
And then there are those stream-of-consciousness posts, where everything comes pouring out and there’s hardly any editing. . . Those are my favorite. 🙂
Next week’s participant:
Next Monday’s writer is someone I really admire and respect. Her name is Jennifer Smith, and we grew up in the same town! She blogs at http://jensmithwriter.com – be sure to check out her answers!
Jennifer is an aspiring-novelist-turned-
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