I’m excited to be part of the “My Writing Process (a blog tour)” today! Callie Glorioso-Mays, always full of fresh ideas, threw this tour out to our writer’s guild (Redbud). Her lure, “The questions are really good”.
She’s right! The questions got me thinking about what I do, how I do it and why. I find it’s worthwhile to reflect like this regularly to ward of complacency and apathy.
I’m tagging four women who are shaping and impacting my journey right now and who I would LOVE a peek into their “behind the scenes” activity! (This is like a grown-up field trip!)
I became acquainted with Judy Douglas through Redbud Writers Guild. This incredible woman is thoroughly engaged in her faith and fully engrossed in serving our King! Though we haven’t personally met, her energy is contagious! If she’s not hopping on a plane to help, she’s speaking life-giving words to an audience somewhere and she makes time to write incredible books and devotionals! When I grow up I want to be a women with zeal like Judy! If you’re looking for words of value to pass along to a grad this season, check out Judy’s book Letters to My Children: Secrets of Success
Leslie Leyland Fields, another Redbud, is a writing ninja! She’s not just willing to face challenges, I’m starting to believe she hunts for opportunity to tackle them! Two of my favorite posts are her review of Aronofsky’s recent movie Noah and this post about hacking the body (of Christ). Both are direct and will prick your heart in the best of ways! Beyond her blog, she’s an full throttle author and speaker. I’m anxiously awaiting my trusty Amazon box to arrive with two of her books relevant to my heart and writing, Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers: Finding Freedom From Hurt and Hate and Parenting is Your Highest Calling: And 8 Other Myths That Trap Us In Worry And Guilt
Shannon wouldn’t consider herself a “writer” but I think when you put words on anything it’s writing! I came across her work through word-press and was quickly addicted! She doodles powerful truth and encouraging words at DoodlesInvigorate. You can also follow her on facebook to have a heap of positivity added to your news feed!
Bright is a fabulous word to describe Jess McGurn who blogs at Bright Green Door! Jess and I met in Denver about six years now and I have been a better woman for it! Her blog about ranges from DIY, house renovating (accomplished flipper), recipes and adoption; each a good reflection of her heart, finding hidden beauty and drawing it out. Like the above women, she has a high-capacity for life and everything she sets out to do thrives!
Now on to my unelaborated growing process!
1. What are you working on (as a writer)?
Personally, heavy sigh, I’m working on being a consistent writer. Managing our home, raising and schooling kids, helping with our business…has its limitations. Women who have mastered this balancing and juggling act enamor me (why I’ve tagged Jess McGurn)! Often I have to give myself permission, “I give myself permission to be fully engaged with my kids (or whatever I need to focus my attention on)”.
Practically, I’m working on a book concept that God put on my heart. The working title Parenting Without Regrets. Absolutely I’m procrastinating getting super messy with this book because it will require full on open-heart surgery. It is impossible to write anything of substance and meaning without sacrifice. When I consider the personal demons this book is forcing me to face (that’s not considering the unexpected I’ll meet) I can become polarized. Then God nudges and reminds me that my weakness is His strength. When I can’t, HE can. I will charge on!
2. How does your work differ from others in its genre?
So many wonderful writers, compelling thoughts and creative ideas;
so little time!
My blog is designed to be read in about five minutes, long enough to grow reasonably concerned that anarchy has ensued but to have a life-giving prick to the heart. I say things out loud that people want to say but are afraid to admit in their hearts and to themselves when locked in a dark closet. While I write about life’s mess, I love circling until I find God in the midst of it. He’s there to be found when we search!
I don’t craft. I don’t D.I.Y. I don’t post deals. I don’t post recipes. I’m all about engaged thinking, drawing out heart issues and landing in the safe hands of God.
3. Why do I write I write what I do?
Simply put, it’s cheaper than therapy.
Life is hard, really really hard and we need hope. Frequently I notice when people get together, they commiserate unwilling to listen to a small courageous voice of hope. We seek affirmation to avoid the painful obvious truth: Yes, it is you!
I enjoy taking real life challenges, usually very personal to my heart, wrestling with them and finding the nugget, small as it may be, of life-giving hope.
4. How does my writing process work?
Meditating with God and studying His writing is the anchor to my process. The moment I slack on mediating is the moment my writing suffers.
The little pink book in the photo above goes with me EVERYWHERE. I jot the smallest fleeting ideas down as well as snippets from church, songs and phrases I catch that ping in my heart. My husband frequently asks, “Do you ever go back and read those?” Y.E.S.! They create a reflective stream of thought for me and I’d be lost without them!
Reviewing my thoughts is the springboard to my writing. There isn’t a single piece I’ve written that hasn’t hit a roadblock. Typically, it’s a heart-block, something that I need to inwardly address (selfishly why I love to write). I created an “unworkable” file on my computer for the thoughts that need my heart to grow a bit more. Occasionally, when I want to “productively procrastinate”, I circle back and re-work a piece to publish.
Clearly, my process isn’t a fine-tuned machine like many of the writers on the tour, but since my commitment to write for a Higher Purpose last November my process has been growing. I’m giving myself grace for the learning curve, that’s grace, not a get-out-of-jail-free card.
This particular blog tour has been extraordinarily helpful for a newbie like me! Thank you writers for sharing!
Your turn! I’d love to hear about your creative process!