I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember and have consciously wanted to be a writer since I was thirteen. My biggest hassle while moving was figuring out how best to store & move all the papers I’ve collected over the years. (It didn’t feel right to throw the majority of them out. Yet, anyway. I’m working on it.)
Amber tagged me with a few questions on my writing life, which I was excited but a little baffled to dive into. Like Amber, I haven’t put much thought into my writing process, although I figured out enough about it to be able to methodologically approach my academic work in undergrad.
1. What are you working on right now?
My blog. Between college graduation, moving home (and the subsequent rough adjustment), working a retail schedule, then merging regular business hours plus a retail schedule, the ebook, and transitioning to full-time 9-5 work, the blog has taken hit after hit. I’d like to revive and rework the blog, so that’s been my primary focus for the past month.
2. How does your work differ from others in its genre?
I think it’s a lot more hard-hitting. I’m impossibly stubborn and relentlessly persistent when I think I’m right, so God has to punch me in the face on a regular basis. (My Heart: The Manifesto is the foremost example of this, and one of the reasons I say often I wish it could stand alone as my legacy of faith.) I share these episodes partially to share the truth I’ve learned from them, but also to reinforce that truth in myself. Writing is how I learn, so I remember best what the Lord has taught me after I’ve written it out.
3. Why do you write what you do?
I can’t not. My heart swells full to bursting and I fear it’ll explode if I don’t write when the Spirit moves me. Much of my writing develops from what God is teaching me at the time or issues He lays heavy on me to discuss. I write, too, to encourage women, to share my stories as evidence they are not alone. I love building the community here; it’s something that’s staggered lately between my frequent absences and the increase of Instagram as a connecting point, but I still believe blogging has a place and I still believe my voice is relevant.
4. How does your writing process work?
I sit and write. I’ve tried outlines (they were mandatory in grade school) and I nearly always ended up reworking the outline to suit whatever I had written. I don’t always write in order – I have a hard time with introductions, so especially in my academic work but sometimes here, too, I’ll write the middle and end of a post and rework the beginning after those are done. I often craft my stories as they unfolded in my life (my favorite example of this is the time my car froze shut). I can’t write posts in pieces, or I lose where I was heading when I began it, so I sit down and pound out one or more pieces at a time, in full. I wrote papers in college the same way.
What does your writing process look like? I’d love to hear. Post your answers to these questions on your blog and (even if you’ve done it already) drop the link in the comments!