weeks months years? time ago, Tess tagged me for a Writing Process Blog Meme. I was flattered and told her I was happy to take part, but it might take a while. No kidding. Thanks so much Tess, and also for being so understanding.
Tess is a lovely friend to me and many others here in the blogosphere with her warmth, kindness and wonderful wit. She supports me greatly in my writing, not least of all in my recent foray into flash fiction. This is a great compliment as she writes wonderfully entertaining flash fiction every Wednesday over at How the Cookie Crumbles. She also writes a fantastic series on Fridays showcasing her two-week holiday in China taken earlier in the year. Meet Tess, if you haven’t already:
(Tess) Teresa Karlinski lives with her cat, Lady Gaga, in Ontario, Canada. She is a grandmother and a student of life.
Although retired, she hasn’t enough time to read her overwhelming collection of new and used books.
Contact information: Teresa.Karlinski@gmail.com.
The rules for this meme are to answer four questions about your writing method and nominate three new people. I will introduce three accomplished and excellent writers who agreed to take part shortly, but first, here are my answers:
1. What am I working on at the moment?
I continue to write for publications and competitions (can I share? Delighted to have two poems and a story recently published in two anthologies as well as an article accepted for the regional magazine Suffolk Norfolk Life) and I am loving exploring flash fiction.
But for the purposes of this Meme and without wishing to bleat on about it as most of you already know this, my main WIP is my as yet untitled memoir.
This story has taken me down some unexpected paths: things I didn’t think would be written have revealed themselves as vital to the story and I had to take some time out a few weeks ago to sort things out in my head before I could carry on. Now I am ready to pull up my sleeves, put my head to the wind and finish that illusive first draft.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
As with all memoir, my work stands alone as the unique story that only I can tell, the one that I own, have nurtured, soothed, but also raged against.
3. Why do I write what I do?
Quite simply, I write memoir because I have a burning compulsion to tell a story, to create something meaningful and truthful out of the good, the bad and the ugly and to share it with you, friends, readers, fellow humans. Maybe even one or two aliens. Story-telling is a powerful force that binds us together, reminding us that we are not alone. Writing memoir helps me connect with what has happened in the past, relive it and then discover that actually I have something of value to give back. I’m not so lost after all because I have found my home in the writing of memoir.
4. How does my writing process work?
Ahh. The million dollar question. This Blog Meme has proven to be the perfect opportunity for me to take a long, hard look at this and I have come to the troubling conclusion that actually, my writing process isn’t working at all.
I don’t need to remind anyone of the difficulties of balancing writing, blogging and living. With the busiest time of the year fast approaching and pressing family commitments, I have got to take action if I am to get my memoir written. The labour pangs are now full-on contractions: this baby is coming and things are going to start getting noisy if I don’t soon deliver the goods.
To do this, I am seriously considering taking
maternity leave a leave of absence from blogging during November. I’ll be posting more on this shortly when I’ve finally decided how to go about it (I do still hope to manage to keep going with the story of Bill for those of you who are enjoying reading). I’ll carry on for the next couple of weeks as normal, trying to write my memoir in the mornings and blog for the rest, but for now, my writing process can best be described thus: I’m doing the best I can but I need to do better.
Now to my three nominees who so kindly agreed to take part in this Blog Meme and who will post their responses to the four questions above next Monday, November 3rd. They will then select their three nominees who will pass on the baton and keep the Meme going.
So, with no further ado, I am delighted to introduce:
Some of you will already know Charli through her wonderful Wild West history-steeped blog (Rock Creek anyone? Talk about family connections…) as well as through my flash fiction posts on Tuesdays. You have her to thank for Bill, giving me amazing encouragement, confidence and friendship, putting up with me riding rough-shod and fancy-free through her new-to-me world of all things fiction. From her ranch in Idaho to my small, Somerset town in England, we share many similarities, including a love of Prosecco. Cheers Charli!
Here she is:
From riding horses to writing stories, Charli Mills is a born buckaroo wrangling words. With over two decades in freelancing, publications, sales, marketing, editing and speaking, Charli has been published in magazines, anthologies, books and online.
She moved back west to follow stories and sunsets, working on her first novels.
She writes commercial fiction, nature-lit, westerns, cli-fi, shorts, longs and flash.
She hosts a weekly flash fiction challenge with the Rough Writers at Carrot Ranch once a week.
Luanne is a lovely new friend who I met through our dear, mutual friend Jill and oh what chats we have. As a fellow memoir writer, I draw on every carefully constructed word of her excellent memoir book reviews and all that she gleans from them. Her more than generous sharing of all things memoir captivate me with me the most wonderful ‘light-bulb’ moments every single time. Please meet Luanne:
Luanne Castle’s first book, a collection of poetry called Doll God, is being published in 2015.
She’s also writing a memoir called Scrap about growing up over a bomb shelter and in front of the city dump.
She lives with her husband and four cats.
You can find out more about Luanne through her excellent blog Writer Site.
Last, but definitely not least, I am delighted to nominate Esther, another lovely new blogging friend. I was thrilled to find her here on WordPress as I was already familiar with her column in Freelance Market News, a writer’s magazine with excellent tips, advice and competitions. Here is Esther in her own words:
‘My love affair with writing came about as a result of an accident. I couldn’t continue in my job at a bank but that accident was the best thing that’s happened to me!
I’ve now been working as a freelance writer for fifteen years, regularly writing articles and short stories for magazines and newspapers such as Freelance Market News, Writers’ Forum, The New Writer, The Guardian, Best of British, The Cat, Woman’s Weekly, The People’s Friend and My Weekly to name a few.
I have been fortunate to win a number of writing competitions and also judged writing competitions. An e-book of my prize winning short stories is out now, ‘The Siege and Other Award Winning Stories‘, with a paperback due out 15th November.
I have just finished a series of children’s books, which I’m now in the process of editing.
I love writing but equally, I enjoy helping others, which I achieve in my role as tutor for The Writers Bureau.’
Make sure to visit Esther’s wonderful blog for great writing tips, advice and hilarious funnies!
That’s it! Thank you so much again to Charli, Luanne and Esther for taking part and to Tess for nominating me. I can’t wait to read your posts next week.
Have a great week everyone and as always, thanks so much for the read :-)