Why do I write? Why indeed. If anyone had asked me this before I would have shrugged, I don’t know, because I like it? The very funny Emily from Have A Laugh On Me has invited me to join in a writing blog hop, so I guess I’d better put some more thought into it!
What am I working on?
Well, this blog, obviously. At the moment I have several recipes that need to be turned into the written word, as well as assorted reviews, an interview, blog posts and the occasional sponsored post. I am working on drafts for two works of fiction, with lots and lots of book ideas languishing on the back burner. I think anyone who likes to write has this sort of ‘secret writer’ thing going on. I need to not talk about it in a way that is almost superstitious, so please don’t ask me. No, seriously, shut up!! Ahem. Not included in this body of half work is a book of recipes I am writing for my daughter, that will have all of her favourite dishes, just in case she ever moves out of home. I’m kind of hoping this will never happen but she assures me it will be soon; so there you go, I better get my finger out. Did you want to know what else I am working on apart from writing? No? Oh, that’s right, it’s a Writing Blog Hop. Der.
How does my writing differ from others in its genre?
Well, I write the same way that I talk, so I guess my written voice is authentically me – well, maybe a bit more considered than the non filtered verbage that spews forth from my mouth. I am one of those annoying people who use exclamation marks ALL!! THE!! TIME!! but do you know what? That is exactly how I speak!! I am trying to cut down on the smiley face though. Ha! Jokes! It will never happen! #smileyfaceforlife #sorrynotsorry I’m not sure if it’s a blessing or a curse that sarcasm doesn’t translate that well to the written word. What do you think?
Why do I write?
There are two reasons. First, I need to empty my head. I am a chronic list maker, with a brain that doesn’t let up, so my notebooks are filled with things like ‘menu for a formal Halloween dinner party for 24’ or ‘concepts for successful cafes’ or designs for furniture or business ideas, or sections of an inner monologue that might turn into a novel perhaps, if ever I was to write one. Don’t be alarmed, the other reason I write really is just because I love it. I’ve loved reading from an early age and being able to create an alternate universe to disappear into is something I find so appealing it’s almost intoxicating. I think writing is like creating a type of music, you are flexing similar muscles in a very creative way. I think the actual question should be ‘Why do I write this blog?’ I like the show and tell aspect of blogging, I like feeling that I might have made someone smile or inspired them to cook something different for their family. I like that I’m recording fleeting moments of happiness that might be forgotten if they weren’t written down – funny things the kids do and say, family adventures, the lovely chaos and the crazy.
How does my writing process work?
I like to plan what it is I’ll be writing, but I also like to surprise myself. I like to plan the skeleton of what I am writing before fleshing it out with words, but then the shape of the eyebrows or the strength of the torso is always a bit of a shock. Does this analogy make sense? For example; I like to be able to plan my writing week into recipes, projects, reviews, whatever. (I really do have an editorial calendar, despite the apparent rambling nature of this blog) Then I cook the recipe or go to the event or what have you, taking photos along the way; edit the photos, write around the photos and then review and edit it until it’s ready to hit publish. A sponsored post will be the same; I have a plan of what I want to say and then flesh out the plan with words. Having put thought into a bone structure and the flesh, quite often I am surprised at the final feel of the writing; a certain angle or point of view will not present itself until the words are literally on the screen, and this is always a happy surprise to me. ‘How do I know what I think until I see what I say?’ Very wise words from E.M. Forster. It sounds crazy, but I am happy to be in such excellent company!
Here is where I am to tag three others in a blog hop, but I would rather open it up to you. Do you like writing? Do you see it as something secondary to your creative process or is it as important as air and water? If you would like to take part in this blog hop, please let me know and I will tag your post below.