What exactly is a Writing Process Blog Hop you may well ask? I’ve read about them on other blogs but assumed that since I’m not a published author it wouldn’t apply to me. This is exactly what went through my mind when Pat invited me to take part in one. That, and ‘I’m not worthy!’
Never assume anything, my dear friends, for we all know what ‘they’ say about that.
It doesn’t seem that long ago when I hardly dared tell anyone in answer to the question, ‘What do you do?’ that I am a writer. Even then I would mumble it and quickly turn the conversation around to something else. Not out of embarrassment but because I didn’t think I qualified to call myself a bona fide writer.
Once I had a couple of articles published in magazines I began to ask myself the question and slowly it dawned on me that yes, I am indeed a writer and that writing is now my career. Yet, as I journey on towards the holy grail of book publication only then shall I be able to say with pride that I am a ‘Published Author’. Then I will know that I’ve made it.
Meanwhile, I’ve realised that no matter where we are in our writing journey, we all have something to share with other writers about the ‘process’ from our own unique perspective and experiences, no matter how far (or not so far in my case) we are are along the path.
Here is how this Writing Process Blog Hop works:
I introduce the person who invited me to take part, then answer four set questions about my writing process and finally, I introduce three writers/authors/bloggers who have graciously agreed to take part in this blog hop with me and then keep it going.
With no further ado then, it is my delight and privilege to introduce you to my inspiring and talented writing/blogging friend Pat over at Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom where she shares her heartwarming and moving stories from her beautiful home in the Colorado Rockies:
Is it possible to make a difference in the world? Pat believes there is. One way is through writing to inspire and warm the heart.
That’s what she hopes to do on her site at “Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom” by extending trust in sharing personal kitchen-table stories.
People always seem more comfortable wherever food and drinks are served, whether inside where it’s warm and cozy or out on the patio.
We go to where we’re most relaxed to catch up on the latest with family and friends or open up to explore conversations with new people. That’s when magic happens.
Pat believes, if we could find common ground and talk, whether it’s around a kitchen table or in writing a story, anything is possible. If there are problems or life issues, she thinks most could be resolved, if we could find where we most identify with one another and trust to tell our story.
Kitchen-Table Stories to Enjoy
The desire to connect and learn how differently people react and their opinion of things interest Pat. It probably comes from when she facilitated talking-stick workshops for her employer back in the late ‘90’s /2000’s. She’s always wondered why people have different attitudes in their approach to what they do and how they feel about life. Where does it come from and what is their story?
It is her hope that you’ll pull up a chair, kick back and join her at her kitchen table at “Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom”, with a few examples of featured stories below. Maybe, they will warm your heart and take you to a similar place — familiar memory — or trigger a feeling within where you could tell your own story.
Ghost Stories From An Old House ― It was the home where my mother grew up in a small beach town in Virginia, situated on main street and only 2 blocks from downtown. You wouldn’t think the house would be “haunted” just to look at it.
Young Love to Old Love ― Well, it’s official. We are now the elder couple with white hair walking down the street holding hands. I remember when I was in my dating years or married and chasing to my next errand I’d see an older couple holding hands and think, “Awhh, isn’t that nice. I’d like to be doing that someday.”
A Talking Stick and a Poem ― A post I read today from a fellow blogger, John Cali, started me thinking. He was asking the question, “How Do You Know If You Are Making a Positive Difference in People’s Lives?” Have you ever thought of that or, maybe, you’ve thought, “What’s the point to what I’m doing?” I remembered, one time, when I was shown how a talking-stick and a poem can make a difference. Here’s my story.
You can connect with Pat at:
Blog: Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/PlainTalkAndOrdinaryWisdom
Thank you so much Pat for inviting me to take part in this Writing Process Blog Hop and I look forward to sharing many more of your wonderful stories with you around your ol’ kitchen table for a long time to come!
Here now are my answers to the four set writing questions:
1. What am I working on?
There is a story that I’ve wanted to write for many years and this is what I’m working on now, my memoir, as yet untitled. I have at last written up a Memoir Book Blurb for those who would like to know more about it. This is my first book and the one I feel I must write before I venture into the realm of serious novel writing, if indeed I follow that path.
2. How does my work differ from others of this genre?
Since my book is a memoir it is no different from any others in this genre other than this is my personal story but most of my writing is non-fiction which is what I enjoy most and comes the most naturally to me. I write in the same style that I write here, on my blog, I don’t follow any formula and I write as it flows, from my heart where it has lived for so long. I’m not sure if that makes my work any different or not, especially as this is the first time I’ve written a book.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I write purely and simply because it is the one thing I have that is solely mine, my creation, my voice and it is my passion. It is through writing that I feel I can be heard and understood and accepted as someone who has a passion to share stories based on my life experiences. I feel that memoir-writing is my true calling. It sits with me and slots right in, like the proverbial missing piece of the puzzle.
It helps me to come to terms with the past while bringing those memories into the present and so giving hope and strength for the future. By doing so, I am ever hopeful that I can bring encouragement to others, as well as a little entertainment along the way. I believe that no experience is ever wasted and if I can write about it, then so much the better.
4. How does your writing process work?
Well, this is something I battle with even now. On an ideal day, I start on my memoir first thing, resisting with all my might the temptation to look at any emails and my blog until after I’ve bashed out what usually equates to between 2 – 3,000 words. This I am getting slightly better at (she says optimistically!).
I become completely immersed and lost in my memoir writing but when I come up for air, it is with a strong sense of ‘fait accompli’, as in job done for today. Phew! Then I know I can put it aside, otherwise I could write all day. Maybe I should, maybe it will come to that if I am ever to get this book written, or at least the first draft. For now, I do need to take a breather and I do this by turning to other writing projects (articles and poetry for submission) but mostly blogging (my life-saver) which changes my focus, brings me back to the land of the living and prepares me for the next day’s
Now please meet three writers/authors/bloggers, wonderfully talented, awesome ladies whom I respect and admire greatly and am proud to call friends:
Irene Waters : Reflections and Nightmares
Irene believes that reflection is an essential part of life and in doing this she has written many short stories and poetry. She doesn’t baulk at the unusual which is shown in her varied background. It was her time on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu which motivated her to write her soon to be published first memoir Nightmare in Paradise where she brings alive her experiences and reflections.
She has had short stories published in the anthology “Eavesdropping” by the River Writers and also in Idiom 23 Vol 23 November 2013. She is currently undertaking a Research Masters at Central Queensland University examining sequel memoirs whilst currently writing her second memoir After the Nightmare.
Blogging for a short eight months Irene’s writing reflects her life, her thoughts and opinions and her humour as she takes us around the globe and into her world.
She lives on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia with her husband and German Shepherd Dog Zac.
You can connect with Irene at:
I’m Tracy Lee Karner, a Food, Travel and Creative Writer
I write for print, web and social media in and about New England. Currently.
I’ve been writing professionally since the early 1990’s.
I also teach “Share Your Story” workshops, and small-group classes for those who want one-on-one help for meeting their writing/publishing goals.
- I’m a passionate home cook who served a long apprenticeship under a classically-trained chef (to whom I have been married for 20 years);
- I’m a life-long language and literature junkie;
- I’m a former youth minister and Christian education director, and arts educator, specializing in creative, individualized methodology;
- My University of Minnesota degree is in English Literature, with emphasis on Creative Writing and Individualized Education.
- I’m a mother and grandmother, living with my husband in New England.
I’m promoting my recently published memoir/travel guide, while working on a novel about family relationships–truth, lies, and reconciliation.
You can connect with Tracy at:
Seyi Sandra David - seyisandradavid
Seyi David loves to write and she has done that for several years. She has worked as a reporter, teacher, and accountant. She had a brief stint as an actor while at the university before she finally decided to write novels full time.
She is a committed blogger and a columnist for ‘Black Heritage Today,’ a London based Magazine, and ‘Rev Up Media.’
Her first novel, ‘The Impossible President’ sold out of its first print run in 2004. She wrote a short story, ‘Tales of Five Lies,’ which gripped readers worldwide. ‘The Feet of Darkness,’ her second novel, is still on sale worldwide.
‘Cydonia: Rise of the fallen’ is her fourth work of fiction.
Seyi lives in London with her husband, Kay, and three children, Samuel, Elizabeth, and Emmanuel.
Links where readers can buy Seyi’s books:
Thank you so much Irene, Tracy and Seyi for agreeing to take part in this Writing Process Blog Hop, especially knowing how much you all have on your plates at the moment. To be afforded this opportunity to introduce you to my readers is a great privilege. I wish you all every success in your writing endeavours. I also look forward to meeting your blog-hop writers and reading all about how your writing process works for you!