Why do I write? And other questions in a Blog Hop

My author cohort Becky Blades invited me to join her Blog Hop, which she describes as, “like passing the microphone around the room at a song write, with aspects of a chain letter.” Love it!

This Blog Hop features some meaty questions about the writing process, and gives me the chance pass the mic to two of my favorite bloggers. Here goes:

What am I working on?

Everyday Inspired is the title and theme of my blogcast and next book. When complete, Everyday Inspired will be a collection of short, timely, daily reflections to help people slow down and pay attention to life. Plus, I am a regular contributor to the Huffington Post blog.

Why do I write what I do?

Our lives are rich in meaning, but we’re often too distracted to notice. I love finding inspiration in the ordinary.  I hope my work will help people make similar connections in their own lives.

Writing helps me stay sane. It helps me sort out my life, and reminds me of who I am and what’s important. Yet, as Dorothy Parker said, some days “I hate writing, I love having written.” Launching a finished piece is one of the best feelings in the world.

How does my writing differ from others of its genre?

My writing is a mix of insight and humor, all discovered in stories from life, movies, scripture, music—wherever the inspiration pops up. My writing addresses issues of faith and spirituality in ways that are accessible and relatable to people’s experience, and is never “churchy.”

How does my writing process work?

Morning Pages are essential to my creative process. I discovered the value of Morning Pages in the multiple times I’ve worked the exercises in The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. The pages clear the clutter in my brain and help focus my ideas into what Anne Lamott calls a “shitty first draft.” That draft is written longhand, blue ink pen on a composition notebook page or legal pad. Then I transfer the draft to Word on my computer. I find it very difficult to write my first draft at the keyboard, and prefer the freedom paper and pen give me to sit with ideas and allow the language and imagery to emerge. My daily goal is to write 500 – 1,000 words, and I’ve blocked out two-hour sessions at least three days a week to write this way. I also carry a notebook with me to jot down the spontaneous moment of inspiration. I turn to these gems when my ideas run dry!

Please visit these great, creative writers who have inspired me! They’ll post their answers to these questions next week.

Bob Arches Square 3Bob Baker helps musicians, authors and creative entrepreneurs use their talents and know-how to make a living and make a difference in the world. He is the author of the highly acclaimed “Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook” (which appeared in the movie “The School of Rock”). CD Baby called him “The Godfather of Independent Music Marketing.” Bob’s other books include The DIY Career Manifesto, The Guerrilla Guide to Book Marketing, Guerrilla Music Marketing Online, Unleash the Artist Within, and more. Learn more at www.Bob-Baker.com.

 

beth turq scarf high resElizabeth Irvine is an educator, award-winning author and jewelry creator. Elizabeth’s philosophy and teachings are based on twenty-five years’ experience as a health care professional and through her yogic style of living. During this time she gained a reflective insight into what truewellbeing really means.

Based on principles she has learned and developed as an ICU nurse, health writer, yoga instructor, and as a mother of three, Elizabeth teaches from experience. Taken holistically, this path provided a foundation for her work today.

Irvine’s books, Healthy Mother Healthy Child and A Moment’s Peace provide women and families with a calming and healing influence and a simple guide for bringing peace and serenity into the home. www.elizabethirvine.com

Click here to read Becky’s delightful answers to these writing questions on her blog.

bbheadshot (2)Becky Blades is a writer, artist, business strategist and philosopher of creative, adventurous living. Her first book, Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone, Advice Your Mom Would Give if She Thought You Were Listening, was released on April 1, 2014. It has received a Kirkus Starred Review and the critical acclaim of discriminating bloggers.

Since selling her award-winning public relations firm in 2003, Becky has served on corporate boards, as a civic advocate for the arts and entrepreneurship, and as a consultant and mentor to businesses.

Her blog, stARTistry.com explores the art of beginning, from entrepreneurship to works of art. And she blogs about her book at www.LaundryorDie.com.

 

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