My Writing Process

Pen and paper

This “My Writing Process” tag has been floating around the blogosphere the last few weeks. As I’ve been tagged by Betsy (new blogger find, and also fellow DC-er!) and I’ve been talking about my intentions to take musicalpoem back to “square one” with the intention to just write, I figured now’s probably the best time for me to be participating in this tag!

What are you working on right now?

I’ve got a few things drafted about travel as I’ve always got travel on the brain! The next stretch of 3-4 months mark a year since a very dark time in my life following a Big Dramatic Breakup that Was Like a Movie Script and I’ve been exploring ideas of how to express the progress I’ve made since then as well as how strangely grateful I am for that period of time, as my life wouldn’t be the same now had those events not occurred. However, all of that is pretty personal, not just for me but for my ex (obviously) as well as some of my close friends. I’m trying to walk the line between telling my story and telling a story that I share with others.

I’m also finalizing stuff for my third book, THREE WORDS SAY THE REST (you heard it first!!). It’s the last in an unplanned trilogy of three books (the first being ONE WORD SAYS IT ALL and the second TWO WORDS SAY MORE) about my time studying abroad in China. Once that’s out the door, I’m going to start working on a similar short story collection about my time backpacking in Southeast Asia.

How does your work differ from others of its genre?

As a writer and a blogger, a unique voice is all I’ve got. It’s all we’ve ALL got, really. I like to think that I write pretty much how I talk, which helps a lot with developing my “voice.” I also write only about what I love or am passionate or fueled up about, so chances are if I’ve covered it on my blog, I’m totally game to talk WAY more about it in person! (Protip for those who have no idea what to say to me on the chance that we meet, haha.)

Why do you write what you do?

I write what I’m interested in or what’s on my mind. I’ve always been writing something since I was a little kid, and with blogging I’ve really hit my stride as having an audience for my writing (no matter the size) really helps develops my voice. I’ll dabble in the personal posts (Happiness, Remember the Mountain) with the ones about food/beauty/travel (The Language of Food in China, Double Cleansing, Travel Tales). It’s a good mix of what makes up who I am in terms of my interests, so I think readers get a really good sense of who the girl behind the blog is.

How does your writing process work?

So… I don’t know if I really have one? I’ll usually get a burst of inspiration randomly and will either jot down a few lines or a potential title. If I don’t have time to write it right away, I’ll come back to it. But if I have the time immediately, I’ll sit and write and crank it out. I tend to rewrite as I go along; I’ll often write three sentences, delete two, and then continue with just one. By the time I’m done writing, I usually just need to copyedit and then I’m good to go!

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  1. says

    I did this same thing a couple of months back. I was amazed at how long it took me to come up with answers for some of these longer than a sentence or two. I believe the Why Do You Write What You Do section really captures how I understand your blog.

    • says

      I agree, I had to think long and hard about how to answer some of these questions! They were deceptively tricky as none of them had a clearcut answer.

      I’m glad that the way I understand my blog is the same as how my readers do. 😀 😀 😀

  2. says

    “having an audience for my writing (no matter the size) really helps develops my voice.”

    I totally agree with this! I remember a critique of my expository writing in high school was that I’d jump from laying out my thoughts straight to my thesis, and my teachers always told me I had to guide my readers to the thesis because they didn’t necessarily know where I was going with my thoughts. Having readers reminds me to do that in every one of my blog posts!

    • says

      I like to think I’ve become better at not only framing my stories with my audience in mind, but also selecting which stories to tell for said audience. It’s all a learning process but I’ve come a long way from when I first started (as evidenced by my extensive archives :P)


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