I was invited to join this blog tour by Dr. Mary Canty Merrill ( www.mcantymerrill.com ). I am to answer four questions about my writing process and introduce you to three new bloggers, who will do the same next week and on it goes.
1. What am I working on?
Right at this moment, I’m working on finishing up a blog post about my son’s recently diagnosed hearing loss and just starting to work on a book of essays about truth. I know my blog isn’t really a true blog. It’s more of a literary thing — I write long essays. I have problems with brevity. This is nothing to be proud of, I know. But it’s my blog. So there.
I’m also working on building my coaching business, She*s ELEVATED. My work as a coach is incredibly fulfilling, especially when I help women break down the inner obstacles that keep them from being everything that God created them to be. I love seeing the energy return to their faces as they confidently attack the things that have stopped them and find themselves among a series of breakthroughs. What an awesome feeling that is!
2. How does my work differ from others of my genre?
As far as my writing goes, it’s really that I’m not in the blogging business. I don’t usually write short, quirky little pieces that ask you a question at the end. I write essays. I’ve not monetized my blog (wouldn’t know how if you asked me) and I suck at writing for a purpose. Truthfully, I feel like writing is a selfish luxury. I write to work out my own faith and life, and the fact that other people like to read it is a lovely surprise. I’m a little strange in that I like to talk a lot, but when it comes to what I’m really, really thinking, I can’t seem to make my tongue form the words. Even my husband says he has to read my blog to find out what I’m thinking. It’s true. If you want something close to what I’m really thinking, you need to either be one of my best girl friends — and there’s only two or three of those — or you need to read my blog. Or you’d need to be God. God knows it all — the good, the bad, and the very, very ugly.
As far as my coaching goes, I work with busy visionaries who struggle to fulfill their God dreams. I help them to focus and prioritize so they can live out the dreams God has for their lives. I love to work with women especially who have a really big idea on how to make the world a better place but need some coaching to guide them through the steps.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I write what I write because the words come at the most inopportune time, then take up residence in my head until there is room for nothing else. In order to live my life I have to allow them to spill out onto something when they come, otherwise my world would be a distracted, swirling mess of thoughts and words and tangled up stuff. I know that sounds like I’m trying to be so artsy. But it really is the way it happens for me. I remember once in high school I wrote a poem on the inside of a Milky Way wrapper as I walked home from school. The words came — I had to get them out.
This is what I mean when I say writing feels like a completely self-indulgent, luxurious process. There are some times when I read other writers and I’m just like, “Oh get over yourself.” I feel like that’s what I would say about my writing if I was reading it as someone other than me. But then other writers — writers like Donald Miller, Anne Lamott — they write and it’s a generous conversation. I aspire to write like them someday.
4. How does my writing process work?
My writing process is downright schizophrenic. The words will come like a mudslide for a while then leave me for months. I can not attempt to tame it. The muse is fickle and rebellious. The minute I decide to be on purpose about my writing she abandons me, cruel and heartless. It’s a pain in the ass.
I can only write in the morning and I’m often exhausted after I do. I get frustrated in the middle, thinking what’s the point? No one would want to read this crap anyway. I self edit and tell half-truths. I write, I leave it, and sometimes go back and finish. There are times when I will go back and read something I wrote a long time ago and think, wow, that’s not bad. And I will see things in there — connections and ideas — that I hadn’t known were there when I wrote it. I always like that. At least I impress myself, lol.
Anyway, let me introduce you to some bloggers.
Meet Jazzy! Jazzy is a God-fearing Mother, Wife and Blogger trying to balance the demands of family life, work and, more importantly, her sanity. Fortunately for her, part of being sane requires being a little crazy. You can read more from Jazzy at www.sixlittleosos.com.
Meet Ali! Ali is a personal growth expert and author who loves to write, dance, and eat lasagna. You can discover more about Ali at www.suckytosoulful.com.
Our third blogger for the day was unexpectedly unable to meet the deadline for submitting their bio for this piece. Please check back, as I will update as soon as they are able to participate.