Blog Hop: The Writer In Me

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(WordPress doesn’t want me to do this. It ate this entry twice).

I haven’t done a blog hop in awhile, but when Amy asked me to join her for this one, I, of course, had to say yes. It’s all about writing, being a writer, and the writing process 🙂 So here are the questions:

What am I writing or working on now?

Blogging. Attempting to write a short story (that may work itself into a novel someday). Poetry. Journal entries. Letters to myself. Prayers.

My writing this summer (and really this season of life) has been all over the place. I’ve written some heart-felt stuff. I’ve written some silly stuff. I’ve written a lot that has ended up in the trash pile because it wasn’t really worth the virtual or literal space it was taking up. I’ve been working on finding my voice. I’ve been working on finding my rhythm to write again.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I’ve always been drawn to works that defy genre boundaries. I feel like genres can be helpful, but at the same time, they create limits. Instead I’m focusing on creating a voice that makes sense for my characters (fiction) and finding my voice (non-fiction). So, I guess what I do is “different” because I don’t even think about genre when I write. I tell the story and then I figure I’ll figure out where it fits best later.

Why do I write what I do?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write. I write because it helps get the internal crazy out onto paper. Writing helps me feel centered and grounded. Writing helps me feel out my place and purpose in the world. Writing is a challenge and an adventure all at once. I write what I write because the stories won’t leave me alone. They keep popping up in my head and in my heart until I don’t know what else to do with them. I write the non-fiction pieces I write because something inside me knows they might be able to help someone else. I write the dramas/plays I write because I can give voice to my world that way. I write because I don’t know how not to write.

How does my writing process work?

I have a writing process? Really? No. I don’t. I know I should. I know I should have a writing process that helps me see the world better and plan my time better. But really, I write right now when inspiration and time meet up. I jot notes to myself all the time. I keep everything in folders and pop open things randomly. I need more focus as a writer, that’s for sure.

So, now I’m supposed to find other people to answer these questions. Consider yourselves asked 🙂

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