Last week I was invited by a fellow blogger to participate in a blog hop. Well, I had to Google that phrase. When I realized it was a way to expose my writing to more people and help out my fellow bloggers, I thought, “Why not?”
Now, I’m scrambling to get this done in light of other commitments I have right now. Ugh!
Thanks to Christie, who blogs at Christie Hughes at the Well for inviting me along! We met through an online group and realized we have some things in common, including learning to make sense out of the mess. You will be encouraged by her writing.
Here are my answers to a few questions about what writing looks like for me.
1. What am I writing or working on now?
For the summer, I’ve been trying to write just once a week on my blog. I would write more, but for the summer my readership seems to be down. Like me, I think many of my readers are taking care of their kids full time, traveling, and enjoying the outdoors. Hopefully, things will pick up again when school starts.
I’ve also been doing a lot of reading for my writing. I’m working on a chapter on guilt for a book. Recently, I’ve read Carry On, Warrior and some of Daring Greatly. Both of these have helped me focus on the difference between shame and guilt, as well as grace.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’ve learned several things in this last year of my writing path. One of them is that there are more writers out there than you could possibly imagine. I’ve read some bad writing, but mostly I’ve come across many people who are eloquent, thoughtful, encouraging, and virtually unknown. Honestly, it can be quite discouraging stumbling upon so many talented people trying to accomplish the same thing I am…getting published and noticed by as many people as possible. However, the one thing I keep in mind is that writing is really about story. And no one has my story. I have met several people, like Christie, where our stories overlap and give us common ground. But no one else can tell my story.
3. Why do I write what I do?
About 8 years ago at a conference called She Speaks, I felt convicted that I should spend my time encouraging and teaching women. My writing is just one facet of this goal. Too many people shroud themselves in secrets and as a result stay chained in an emotional prison. I want to share my thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a way that is sometimes painfully honest in order to help other people do the same. As Glennon Melton likes to say, life is brutiful. One part brutal and one part beautiful. My job is to find where those intersect, and convey that to all of you.
4. How does my writing process work?
Good question. I’m still figuring that out. I have multiple notebooks I keep in different places for when and idea strikes me and a couple of different apps on my iPad to record different thoughts. Books, blogs, videos, songs…all of these contribute ideas. I find it important to engage with others, to simply live life with them and learn their stories, too.
In the summer, I’m grabbing time when I can to write, and I haven’t given nearly as much attention to detail. When my boys were in school I would write (and read/research) about three half days a week. I participated in a group call My 500 Words with Jeff Goins in the winter. I learned to just get words down on a page, no matter how incoherent, and then go back to fix them up later. I try not to edit too much as I go.
At this point, I am passing the baton to my friend Emily.
Emily blogs at The Journey. You’ll want to stop by for a visit. I especially love her Make a Difference Monday posts. She is a true encouragement and a loyal friend. If I have something exciting to share, I know she will rejoice with me. Emily loves writing, reading, and her adorable puppy. An English major turned church business manager, Emily is a lady of many talents, including making great book recommendations!
I hope you are enjoying your summer!