Why I do, What I do, When I do it
First of all, let me say how wonderful it is that I can be part of this wonderful blog tour and with this group of amazing writers. It is a privilege.
I am a part-time blogger. I am still working at what I like to call “the Salt Mines”. The Salt Mines is a well-paying very corporate job. You know, the kind were women wear business suits and pumps, and have the appropriate mid-length-bob haircuts. It isn’t an easy job by any means, but I like it. Lately though, I know this isn’t what I am meant to be doing forever. Writing speaks to me in a way work doesn’t.
I thought at some point I’d write trashy novels and work from the local coffee shop. So, ‘til then, blogging is a wonderful way to learn about myself and people. Although my readership is small- I’ve learned a lot from the things my readers asked me like this:
Why do you focus on women? After launch, several close man-friends of mine asked why my blog was for women? They’d read it and liked it. It made me look at what I was writing and I realized that growing old isn’t for sissies. Both men and women struggle with it and want to share it and maybe learn from each other.
Why focus on mid-life? I also thought I’d write for mid-life readers- until I was asked why by enough 30-something’s. I thought that my writing was only about things faced in mid-life. But, they related to what I wrote about- love, work-life, family, friends, fun and how life can be a little painful sometimes. They were pretty vocal that my blog spoke to them. So, it’s no longer about midlife only.
How can you be so brave? Okay, this one threw me. I didn’t think it was brave to write my stories. I didn’t think it was brave to share my history with people. I haven’t had an easy life, sure. But I don’t know any princesses who danced through live with magical husbands and kids. I have always believed that maybe if I tell my story someone who needs help will read it. Then, they will be able to be a bit more brave. Making a change in their life is what’s really being brave. My part is just writing and that’s easy.
So, here’s what my “process” is:
How does my writing process work and why do I write what I do?
I’ve written marketing copy for years, and I just start with that; free-form on the lap top. I don’t stop to wordsmith, just put spaces as placeholders to thoughts. I use the computer from start to finish, no paper and pen for me. At the end of that I have the basic thoughts down. Then I spend the rest of the time editing, rewriting, and eliminating. I am a quick writer. It’s getting it to finish that’s tougher.
What does take time is all the social media stuff. It’s much harder. That was the biggest surprise of this blogging deal. I’m okay with social media, but not a lover of technology. If you knew my day job you’d laugh at that. I run the public website for the largest regional bank in the US. But I don’t code, and I don’t think with a “techy” mind. I would say I hate WordPress but I’m scared the computer gnomes will blow up my site in retaliation.
Still, I keep doing it because the best things I’ve learned is that people tell me what I write means something to them. When I wrote a blog about why I decided to finish college in my 40s, a woman thanked me because it encouraged her to go back and graduate. When I write about struggles I’ve gone through, people relate and say “me too, thanks for reminding me….”. It’s also made me realize that we all go through the same things and its okay to be brave and talk about them.
This post is part of a blog tour about the writing process. Please click the following links to read other writers’ versions of their own process:
And stay tuned for our next blogger Elizabeth Flora Ross, who has been writing professionally and personally for more than 20 years. As a communications and marketing professional, she wrote for some of the biggest names in business. Today, she is a freelance writer appearing on leading sites across the web. She posts weekly for The Huffington Post, where her work has been featured on multiple verticals. And is a Word of Mom blogger for What to Expect. On her personal blog, The Writer Revived, Elizabeth posts about her struggles and successes as a mother and writer.