♫ Write it out now; the funk soul brother. Check it out now. The funk soul brother. ♫
It’s ironic. I’m about to embark upon a post all about writing, and I can’t think of an introduction. ‘Eh, beginnings are overrated anyway.
You might have already guessed, but if not, you should know today I’m joining a Blog Hop and answering some simple questions about my writing process. Thanks for inviting me Ms. Amanda; I’m fascinated you chose to pick my brain. You should be afraid; very, very afraid.
1) What am I working on/writing?
My writing reach at present extends to my blog Clean Eats, Fast Feets, which encapsulates food, fitness, and my crazy. We have a good time, the three of us. I’ve got a handful of ideas for upcoming posts, which are embedded in my brain along with some bits and pieces etched onto paper or spoken verbally into the notes section of my iPhone. The latter are the most fun to decipher since Siri usually gets every third and fifth word wrong. It’s pretty clear to me Siri and I need to have a chat, or perhaps I need to enunciate more clearly.
Mental note: drinking and Siri do not mix. I knew she was a teetotaler.
Specifically, you should be on the look out for a post entitled ‘Ch-Ch-Changes.’ A title and a concept is all you need, right? Alright fine, I guess an introduction, not including today, a middle and an ending might be helpful too. Also on the horizon is a post proclaiming my love of getting all beast-zilla in the gym because damn endorphins make me happy. Last but certainly not least, I’ve got an incredible recipe for a Greek quiche to deliver. Confession: I don’t actually deliver, but if you come to my house, I will feed you.
2) How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre?
I consider my brand of funny to be, well, funny. My style is short, not in actual duration nor girth, but precise and choppy sentences. You will not get lost in the ebb and flow of my lyrical prose, although my run on sentences are another story altogether.
I also tend to write stream of conscious. When comes up and out of my strange little head usually makes it way onto paper or into a post, musical lyrics and all. ♫ Thank you for the music, the songs I’m singing. Thanks for all the joy they’re bringing. ♫
Last, I subtract the audience from the equation. What I mean to say is if I thought about my stepmother reading the blog (hi there; love you), my boss, my coworkers, or even the Pretzel Guy at the farmers market, I’d end up presenting a much milder version of myself. You’d get the watered down Meghan, and nobody likes a wet blanket at the party, myself included so while their support means the world to me, and it truly does, I have to write like no one’s reading.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I went to an all girls Catholic high school, where I had several good teachers and a Britney Spears-esque uniform, except I looked way better than Brit in it, although I always wore boxers beneath my skirt in addition to my regular undergarments. In hindsight, I have no idea why I felt the need to double up down there; maybe it was some sort of chastity belt, being at a Catholic school and all.
I digress. While at school, there was one teacher, Sister Francis, who drilled into my head “write what you know.” It was her belief, and I concur, good and interesting writing stems from knowledge and experience. So it only makes sense for me to write about me. I also appreciate having a legit reason to continue my current self-obsession. Hubris is going to bite me in my non-ass ass one of these days. Until that time, I shall carry on… ♫ my wayward son, there’ll be peace when you are done. Lay your weary head to rest. Don’t you cry no more ♫). I did warn you my head is a weird place, with music a plenty.
4) How does my writing process work?
As a self-proclaimed morning person, I tend to do the majority of my writing in the a.m. On a normal workday, I get up a little bit past 5 a.m. and feed the felines, who would very likely attempt to eat me should I choose to ignore their incessant caterwauling. Once my three frisky and furry friends are satisfied, I sit down with a cup of coffee, at my dining room table and start clacking away or really clicking since I’m working with a standard laptop. If I’ve jotted down any notes, either on paper or stored within the recesses of Siri, I grab those and get busy.
While I do most of my writing in the morning, I tend to edit my photos in the evening, usually while pretending to relax and simultaneously watching some form of bad television. It can take me hours to pen a single post, and that doesn’t include the time I spend editing over and over and over again, so the more I break it up into sections, the better it is, for all parties involved.
While I’ve mentioned the actual time of day where I get all writey with it, not to be confused with jiggy with it, my creative spark is a different story. My very best posts come about when an actual sentence or a snippet of a sentence just hits me, generally out of the blue, when I least expect it. It’s my Eureka moment, where the heavens open and the angels rejoice. I might be exaggerating a wee bit; it’s been known to happen, but those pops of sentences are absolutely a light bulb moment for me. Unfortunately they usually strike when I’m in the shower or driving to work, which makes writing them down a tad bit difficult.
If I do manage to get that trigger sentence captured, all I have to do is start typing those same words and the rest just flows from there. It’s like magic, or perhaps my creative writing process, although I do like the sound of magic better.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Before I bid you a fond farewell, please give a wonderful round of applause for my other writing compatriots and fellow blog hoppers, who will be answering, if they haven’t already, these very same questions.
Arman is the Healthy Living Blogger Community’s answer to The Bachelor- except better. He wears the HLB crown with a stick of butter in his hand, a block of (full fat) cheese in his rucksack, more potatoes than Mrs. Potato Head had an affair with and enough bread in his freezer to feed the ducks (and humans) in Lake Geneva. While embracing the more vilified foodie items in blog world, Arman loves being creative in the kitchen experimenting with nourishing, healthy recipes and working to one day, make his arms NOT resemble a chicken. The biggest thing he prides himself on is being 100% authentic on his blog The Big Man’s World and is unafraid to tackle more taboo subjects and embrace butter like it’s going out of style. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or pin his sexy face and claim it to be your breakfast. It wouldn’t be the first time.
Kirsten started her post-college career milking cows in southern Finland. After a stint as an OB nurse in the military where she traveled the world and fell in love, she found herself a stay-at-home mom with a frequently deployed spouse. Doing … well not ‘it all’ [no dusting] but ‘a lot of it’ independently comes naturally, which is why she is the chief worm wrangler and pizza paparazzi at Farm Fresh Feasts, a food blog whose mission is to provide practical support for local eating via indexed recipes (by ingredient, so you can figure out what to do with that kohlrabi in the farm share box!) and constantly improving photography. Click here for her post on writing.
Madison is a soon to be college junior with a special place in her heart for all things math. Oddly enough math also shares that space in the life-giving muscular organ with Madison’s love for baking. Aside from baking and math, she also spends an inordinate amount of time reading and watching movies. So much so that sometimes she knows more about the history of Harry Potter than she does about current events. One more activity that takes up a lot of Madison’s time is writing. In grade school she dreamed of becoming a best-selling author and wrote story after story for everyone in a mile radius to read. Fiction or non-fiction though, she adores them both. She first started blogging when she was in high school in a (fairly successful in the author’s opinion) attempt to connect with others interested in healthy living. When she discovered her food allergies during her senior year, and all of the health struggles that came along with them, Madison began writing on her current blog Eating for Balance. While school and internships prevent her from blogging as often as she’d like, she does her best to update at least once a week. On Eating for Balance you will find a wide range of allergy-friendly recipes and life stories always sprinkled with her characteristic over-analyzing (the math side) and sometimes rambling (the writer side) self.
Your turn. Answer any or all of the writing questions above: Why do you write what you write? How is it different from others? How does your writing process work?