My Writing Process

I realize it’s tedious to blog about this, but I really wish I were blogging more than I am. This is why, when the fabulous Dana at Celiac Kiddo invited me to participate in a blog tour about my writing process, I was all over it. It simplified the posting process by giving me a good, solid framework, and gave me a reason to write. The tour involves answering four questions, so I’m just going to go ahead and do that.

1. What am I working on?

Honestly, I’m mostly doing writing for school and work right now. This means churning out articles for local moms at VancouverMom.ca, and writing for the English lit and geography classes I’m taking this semester. I also blog a lot, but mostly in my head while I’m driving or in the shower. I’ve composed some great posts … they just never actually got written. I’ve also taken to composing fiction in my head recently, which is something I haven’t done for ages.

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My current writing fodder

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I honestly have no idea how to answer this one. I think all that I can say is that we all have our own unique voices, and I am no different. Beyond that? I’m not sure I even have a genre. I’m not high brow enough, since I mostly write online.

3. Why do I write what I do?

The writing I do for work and school is obligatory, for the most part. However, I do try to make it good, and I actually find that I enjoy it once I get into it. For instance, last semester I wrote a history paper about Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan that I’m rather proud of, and which I derived quite a lot of satisfaction from. The other writing I do satisfies a need inside my soul to write, even if it’s not nearly as frequent or meaningful as I would like it to be.

4. How does my writing process work?

I am the sort of person who sits down at the computer and bangs away until I have something that resembles a blog post, article or paper. When I have to submit an outline for school, I often write the paper and then go back and re-construct an outline because I find it easier to tease out a structure after the fact than to write in a methodical and organized fashion. Sometimes I’ll change subjects or tracks a number of times, deleting and re-ordering paragraphs, adding extra points and re-drafting my concluding paragraph until it’s perfect.

There are a few thing that are non-negotiable to my writing process: I need to be warm, so I keep a blanket near my chair. I like to have the radio on, even though I’m probably more productive when it’s quiet. Finally, I think I do my best of writing while I’m sipping a cup of herbal tea.

What about you – what does your writing process look like? I’d love to hear!

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    1. Kirsten says:

      This year I discovered the miracle that is pen-on-paper, and morning pages. Much of what’s in The Artist’s Way is not applicable to any problem I am having, but I did try out the morning pages idea, where you sit down and dump words on three pages every day, without attempting to actually create something. I’ve come to think of it like jogging, like running a few laps to warm up before you actually do anything. Sometimes I end up with fragments that I’ll use in fiction or in the bizcomm work I do, and sometimes I just chatter about whatever is on my mind. That last one is especially useful for productivity, because when you are whining at yourself about your problems, slowly, because you’re doing it longhand, it’s amazing how quickly you tire of the whining.

    2. You’ll likely laugh, but the best “writing” or clearing of my thoughts happens when I lock myself in a quiet room with a blank sheet of paper – no lines. Suddenly amid all the lines and squiggles everything makes sense. :)
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    3. Thanks for joining in, Amber! I’m also a non-outliner and I kind of love that you do it after the fact (when necessary).

      I find your blog posts quite meaningful, and while I completely understand (and encourage!) keeping the pressure off to blog while you’re in school (and working, raising kids, having a life, etc), I do look forward to reading your words when you are able to post.
      -Dana
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    4. I write in my head all the time. Actually getting my writing out in some form has escaped me for some time now and it frustrates me more than I can say.

      I have always turned to writing as therapy but every time I sit down with the intention of writing I am distracted and lately, I have been censoring myself – and that feels horrible. I have no idea when I will post again or how it will look. For now, my process is stalled.

      • It really is frustrating, isn’t it? I wrote the best post in my head during acupuncture today, but now it is GONE. I hope you can be gentle with yourself until you’re ready to write again.

    5. You are amazing with all that you do, all the writing that you are able to juggle, and do well!

      I’m going through a “why am I doing this anyway?” phase. I have a professional blog along with my personal one, and they are beginning to feel like just another job I need to do, even if it is self imposed pressure. I’m trying to write about what inspires me which is why I started in the first place.
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      • Aw, thank you for your kind words! Confession: I was so tired last night I collapsed into bed at 7:50pm, which is much earlier than usual. I may be doing too much.

        And I understand that phase. I hope that writing about what inspires you works for you, and fulfills you rather than drains you. I can imagine that all teachers can use a little more inspiration and a little less stress at the moment.

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