When Daisy asked if I would participate in a writing process blog tour, I couldn’t resist saying yes. It feels so old-school blogging to do a meme — fun! You can read about Daisy’s writing process on her blog In Full Blume, and read on for a peek into my own process. Happy Friday my dears!
1. What am I working on?
My workload lately has been a little crazy! I’ve been trying to work ahead since we are going to Switzerland later this month, so each week has felt like a stretch. For instance, in the past five days, I have written seven pieces for Houzz, three posts for Woodside Homes, and a few blog posts of my own. For Houzz, I am also contributing to a big new product feature for the site where I will be writing as Houzz, rather than under my own byline … which is weirldly exciting! : )
I’ve been thinking a lot about this blog and my vision for it for the future, and what I’ve come to realize is that I really want my blog and life to be more closely aligned. I don’t just want to write about beautiful, heart-filled homes and simple pleasures, I want to lead a happier, more mindful life — and I think this blog can be a wonderful tool to help move my life in the direction I want if I let it. In a bigger-picture way, I am working on a nonfiction book proposal that I am really excited about. I’m sorry I can’t say more about that … only that it relates to chickens, but it’s not a how-to book!
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I write about the home — but while I do cover decorating, home tours, interviews with designers and architects, and all the rest, my favorite work (and what really seems to strike a chord with readers) tends to center around the emotional aspects of home and savoring life’s simple pleasures. I think we are all a little fed up with the constant barrage of consumer pushiness, and people are craving permission to just be happy with life at home as it is, in all its imperfect glory.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I’m obsessed! The home, and our relationship with it, is what I love thinking about; it’s where my passion is. If I wasn’t writing about it for a living or on my blog, I would still be writing about it in my journal. : )
4. How does my writing process work?
Once a week I dedicate some time to idea-generating. Coming up with fresh ideas that haven’t been done to death for the 6-10 pieces of writing I do each week is one of my biggest challenges! I love it when family, friends, or blog readers come to me with a quandary, or something they are curious to know more about, because that can easily turn into a piece that I know others will also be interested in. I’m also very visual, which makes blogging and online writing ideal, because it comes along with choosing lots of great art.
When I get ready to write, the first thing I do is choose the photos that will accompany the piece. Then I usually jot out a list of bullet points that I would like to cover, and if I need to, this is the time I do some research on the subject. When all of that is in order, I get typing! The actual writing phase for me is the easiest part, and usually just flows out. The only times I feel stunted are when I realize I’ve chosen a subject that I don’t really want to be writing about!
Tag time! Here are the 3 writers I have chosen to continue the blog tour…
Julie Hill Barton is a writer, mom and dog lover living in Northern California. She has been published in Brain,Child, The Huffington Post, Westview, The South Carolina Review, Louisiana Literature, and other journals. She has an MFA in fiction writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She also has an MA in Women’s Studies from Southern Connecticut State University. She is currently finishing a memoir about her battle with major depression and the dog that helped her heal. To see more of her work, please visit http://byjuliebarton.com.
Eden is a writer, editor, chef, and photographer who believes the best place to swap stories is over a shared meal. She’s a third-generation Californian and technophile, who envisions a world where everyone feels welcome and no one walks away hungry or feeling ostracized. She teaches an Introduction to Thai Flavors eCourse and hosts a family-style supper club in San Francisco. When she’s not feeding people, Eden helps creative entrepreneurs take their product from vision to reality while telling passionate, believable stories and building inclusive communities with the people who need their products and services. She shares a railroad flat with her husband cubes, two-year-old daughter Gates, and a Maine Coon cat named Sprite. You can find her online at The Road to The Good Life, a blog about appreciating and enhancing your life by being grateful for the ‘haves” instead of lingering on the “wants.”
Patricia is a kindergarten teacher that actually never taught, and has been managing a company since graduation — she has always loved paper and fabric and was very fortunate to be able to transform her two hobbies, scrapbooking and patchwork, into part of her job. Patricia is a married working mom with 4 children which are her reason for living and blogging! You can find her online at Miss Lacitos.
Visit the blogs of these 3 lovely ladies in the upcoming week to learn about their writing process. I can’t wait to see what they come up with! hugs, Laura
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