Over the weekend, I was selected for the writing process blog tour by Susanne Leist. I’ve enjoyed connecting with Susanne, and I’m glad to have been chosen to keep the tour going! Here’s how it works: Link to the blogger before, answer 4 questions, and nominate 3 bloggers to keep the hop going.
Here are the bloggers I’m nominating:
Why do I write what I do?
Writing has always been something that I’ve enjoyed. When I was a child, I wrote bad poetry and silly stories. I grew older and abandoned the poetry, as it never got any better. I kept writing silly stories, and I also began to write more serious content. The fiction I write never really sees the light of day anymore, though I’ve taken creative writing courses and workshops in the past. Fiction just doesn’t seem to be my niche, though I do enjoy making things up.
The shift to non-fiction happened slowly and progressively. I think that it really took hold because I began to be interested in writing as recovery. It became a way to discuss and to channel my anxiety disorder; it was also a way of communicating what I thought on a consistent basis, engaging with others, but still maintaining my essential, introverted self. From there, it blossomed into writing about writing, writing about reading, and then blogging about all of that and more.
How does my writing process work?
I do all of my writing on the computer, but I first do a lot of pre-writing in my head. I’ve never been all that good at working from an outline or at bubble diagrams or any of those things. Generally, I think about a piece or a story, writing parts of it in my head, and then I get out the computer and start writing. I might pre-write in my head for a day or two, maybe even more, before it makes it onto the page.
Then I just sit down and write. I almost always have either some music going or something on the TV playing; I don’t do well in silence. I bang out a draft, trying not to worry about anything except getting it on the page. After I get it on the page, I edit for content and organization. Depending on the piece, I may have someone else read and critique it—and that has become an invaluable part of my writing process. The last thing I do is muck about with format and proofreading.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Is blogging a genre? I suppose so. Most of the work that people see from me are my blog posts. I think my experiences have shaped my voice, and the nerd- and girl-centric aspects of my writing on the blog fit it into a niche. My academic writing also absolutely affects what appears here, leading me often to focus on issues of literature, representation, and childhood. It is this combination of the personal and the professional that I think—hope—makes PTM different.
What am I working on at the moment?
I’m working on a few things. I’m working on a dissertation prospectus that will lay the groundwork for my project on adolescent girls in literature. I’m also, of course, working on several blog posts. But honestly I’m doing more reading than writing just now, readying for comprehensive exams.
Give the nominated blogs and our nominator a visit—they’re all good folks with interesting points of view!