Tess from “How The Cookie Crumbles” sent me a request. It’s not an award. It’s a sharing of information on the process of writing. I’m hoping no one is hoping to gleam any sense of ‘how to’ from me. It’s a blog meme. And if this is any indication of how clueless I am after almost five years of blogging, I had to look up what “meme” meant.
What am I working on at the moment?
Nothing. Everything. At the start of this I have exactly 500 drafts started. Of something. Often times I’ll get a thought or start the retelling of a story. I’ll write down what’s in my head. And then leave it. Because I can’t finish it or I have nothing but that thought or that phrase running through my head. And I want to save it. There are the occasions when I have the time a fire of energy coursing through me and I may have a blog or two scheduled ahead of time to post. But more often, I do not. Most often I sit down and just write.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My work differs….. Uhm. First, I don’t consider it work. Though it takes a huge amount of my time every day. I suppose the biggest difference is I don’t know what my genre is. Sometimes I write thoughts about something that struck me during the day. Or struck me the moment I sat at the computer. Sometimes I write something from my past that came crashing back in a wave of nostalgia. Sometimes I doodle something and it makes me think of a phrase. If I draw a stick figure leaning up against something I might look at it and it makes me think of watching the world spinning around me. Or I see someone swimming and the thought “swimming in tears” comes to my mind and I think of how a pool of tears might be created and it just might be created by me when I send ill thoughts or words out in to the world. My ‘work’ is a hodge podge of thoughts and observations that I reign in and play with in my head. Or play with on the computer until it takes the shape of something. Sometimes it takes the shape of nothing. And it sits in my drafts. Maybe to be visited another day. And it may prompt another thought. I write prose (seldom poetry). I have written stories both fiction and factual. I contemplate. Is that genre? I reflect. Is that a different one? I guess my genre is eclectic.
Why do I write what I do?
Not to be blase, or over simplify things, but I write because words live in my head. They live, they fight, they scurry and banter about. They multiply. And I enjoy the constant challenge to make sense of them. I write because I feel despair at the state of the world. I write because I feel joy at the love in the world. The love in my life. I write because I know that there are things I am meant to write. And sometimes I write because I am avoiding writing the things that I know I am meant to write about. I write because I want to write, I love to write, and I write because I need to write something. And sometimes I’m not ready to write what I should be writing.
How does my writing process work?
I chuckle, trying to write and explain how my writing process works.
I can’t explain it to me. Sometimes, and quite honestly most times, I sit down to write because I physically need to. But I don’t know what I am going to write about. Sometimes pure inspiration writes through me. It pours out and there it is. Often I will write something and go back later and read something I wrote. Amazed. Because as I read it it is as if I am writing it all over again. My head and my body react to it as if I am sitting there writing it. There are times where I jot a thought down, preferably on paper. Or send myself an email or text because I don’t want to forget something that came in to my head. There is no method or practice or discipline to my writing. Other than I sit and write every single chance I get during the day.
I’m supposed to pick three bloggers to do this exact same thing. Share. Share your process. Obviously when we receive awards and requests such as this we have the ability to accept the challenge or not. And I’m not sure who enjoys doing this type of process. I was surprised when it came to actually answering these questions, I had to stop and ponder. And the fact that I truly don’t feel I have a process didn’t surprise me. But I am surprised that I don’t know how to adequately express this. I am curious to know how someone who writes disciplined and scheduled, how does your process work. Instead of me asking three bloggers to do this I would rather three or many more who are interested in responding to this, please do it! Though I don’t find my process interesting, I am interested in someone else’s. Especially if they feel there is a process. I hope someone likes this and writes a response on their blog, and links it to mine in the comments. If you do this, please pick other bloggers, or ask other bloggers, to share their processes.
Thank you Tess!!!