This is something new to me, a Writing Process Blog Hop and I’m truly honored to share my piece.
I’m a little nervous about it, as I’ve not taken part in something like this before. I know writers all over the globe participate in numerous writing discussions and exercises but I never thought I’d have much to add nor what I wrote would compare.
I’m discovering I may have been wrong and can offer value with what I have to say.
So, I’m adding my voice because, first of all, I get to introduce you to this newly acquainted author that drew me to this process, talk about why and how I write and share 3 amazing fellow writers. Whew! Here we go.
Writing Process Blog Hop and How It Works
First, I’d like to present, author, Mary Lansing, whom I thank for inviting me. From there, I will answer 4 questions about my writing. Then, I will end with three authors/bloggers I admire and respect that have graciously accepted to take part with me in this writing blog hop and keep it going.
Mary Lansing ― Along Comes Mary
Mary is a California girl who loves a good adventure, road trip or just being with her family and dog. Writing her whole life, she launched her blog, Along Comes Mary, 2 years ago and loves the opportunities gained through it!
Her blog reflects her passions, adventures (sometimes, mis-adventures), comings and goings throughout LA.
She is a Gluten-Free Pescatarian and her occupation in life is having as much fun as possible, as well as working in the technical side of theatre. She is also an Assistant Editor for an up-coming documentary on Diabetes, being a Type 1 since she was 8 years old.
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Now, for my answers to the writing questions:
1. What am I working on?
I just finished composing and submitting my skills to Colette Sexton at SkillPages, a networking site similar to LinkedIn. She found my profile and found it interesting how I self-published an e-book and videos by myself.
She contacted me back in December of 2013, to see if I’d be interested in preparing a write-up to be featured for the SkillPages Blog. Needless to say, it took a while. Writing doesn’t come easy to me, especially technical writing. I’m hopeful it will meet her satisfaction to be included on the blog.
2. How does my work differ from others of this genre?
I think my writing is somewhat different from other writing genres because it’s nonfiction; most of what I’ve seen is fiction writers. My stories are personal and I write about things that have happened to me and the people I’ve met ― some are funny and others serious ― reflections of everyday life.
I call them “kitchen-table” stories because they may be accounts of experiences brought up in places where we’re most comfortable to talk freely with those we trust. It’s in that venue where we feel most familiar, connect and listen to one another.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I want to help through my words and connect with my heart, where I feel life is most real and vulnerable for us. I’m interested in our differences, what we believe in and how we’ve arrived at that. We are bombarded by so much negativity, I want to put something out that is uplifting, tugs at your heart and makes you laugh.
I believe when we find that special space, common ground, we listen and begin to trust. From there, anything is possible and is where magic happens and lives are transformed.
4. How does your writing process work?
I don’t really have a process. I write when I’m triggered by something or inspired ― a thought, song on the radio, passage I read. It’s random. I don’t have a daily routine where I sit down to write for a set amount of time.
I guess if I would adapt to that type of regime I could produce more writing. It may be something I’ll embrace, as time goes by. For now, I’m appreciating the pleasure of life and the freedom of how it unfolds, unpredictably. That is what I enjoy most is I never know what is going to show up and how the story will be revealed. It’s my desire that, in the telling, what I write will make a difference.
3 Fellow Writers I Enjoy Reading and Recommend
Now, my favorite part, sharing the biographies of 3 fellow writers of which I admire and enjoy reading their writing:
Sherri Matthews: A View From My Summerhouse
Once a mum, always a mum and happy I was to be defined by my life with my children.
Yet, there was more, another career that beckoned, its whisper becoming a roar as it brought me closer to my dream. Always a writer but I just didn’t know it yet.
The years rolled by, I took a few hits and got back up again. And a few times more.
Then, in 2011, life gave me something back when it yelled, ‘Here’s your chance, take it.’ Made redundant for the second time due to office closure at the same time that my then 18-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (after years of seeking help), I became her full-time carer because she needed me.
Out of paid employment? Yes. Helpless? No! This time I took my chance. Jumping in at the deep end I plunged in, feet first, to pursue my life-long dream of seeking a career in writing, late-bloomer though I was. Risky, yes, but it was time to get writing, seriously writing.
Two and a half years later, with a couple of articles and a short story published in national magazines, I am writing a memoir about some of those ‘hits’, have several writing works and submissions in progress and keep ever-busy posting regularly on my blog, A View From My Summerhouse (www.sherrimatthewsblog.com).
My blog gives me the perfect writing platform from which to document my writing journey towards book publication, as along the way I share my personal experiences of life, both here and in California where I lived for twenty years, as well as my attempt to educate about Asperger’s Syndrome. My passion, ultimately, is to show that it is possible to keep your writing dream alive along with your sense of humour even when life has other plans.
© Sherri Matthews 2014
Published Writer, Freelance, Blogger
You can connect with Sherri at:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/aviewfrommysummerhouse
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Andrea Stephenson: Harvesting Hecate
Andrea has written fiction since she was a child, but has written seriously for a number of years, including short stories and “The Skin of a Selkie”, her first (as yet unpublished) novel.
She feels that she reached a happy turning point in her creative life just over a year ago when, having had little success before, she won prizes in two writing competitions within a month of each other. She went on to start her blog and has never felt more inspired creatively.
Andrea finds inspiration in nature, the coastline and the turn of the seasons. She believes we all need a little enchantment in our lives, so her stories tend to include a hint of magic. During the day, Andrea manages a group of libraries, community centres and Tourist Information Centres, but by night she is a writer, artist and witch. She lives in the north-east of England with her partner of 18 years and an adolescent Border Terrier.
You can connect with Andrea on:
Her Blog: http://harvestinghecate.wordpress.com/
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Diana’s old friend Norman of 103 years was the inspiration behind her blog ‘selections of reflections’, as she wanted to share some of his special and remarkable life.
As time went on, she ‘met’ other amazing folk with their own tales to share, both personal and of friends and family members, but all unique – heart-warming tales – challenging journeys – new beginnings – stories with a message – tales to amuse.
Through her blog posts, Twitter and Facebook, Diana feels that she has made friends and connected with people in very special ways.
The table turned for Diana last August when her own journey of life altered dramatically. So from May 2014, she has decided to share some of this exciting, secret and rewarding times with others on this blog too!
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Thank You ― Thank You ― Thank You! Once again, I’ve learned more as I took the challenge, stepped out and joined this Writing Process Blog Hop. I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to add my writing piece and for the wonderful fellow writers and blogging community.
Pat at the ol’ kitchen table