Recently I was asked, by the ever insightful Elin Stebbins Waldel from Beyond The Backyard Blues, to be a part of this insightful series on the Writing Process (by fabulous writers-of course), and, am very honored.
I asked to be a part of this insightful series on the WritingProcess (by fabulous writers) because if I don’t advocate for my own fabulousness- who will? But I’m still honored.
I just loved reading all the other writer’s processesesess…, and thought this might be a good opportunity for me to actually stop and sit and think about my shizz.
~ crickets ~
So here we go, my words of wisdom and acute observations, peppered with penetrating reflection and mind-blowing Eureka moments, of which I will astonish you with the mental nimbleness of a trained acrobatic high wire goddess that reads Proust.
How does your writing process work & why do you write what you do?
Let me answer that by attending to the second, first. Why do I write what I do?
The larger question should be What Do I Write?
Not self-help. Not DIY.
Not a Foodie. Not an advocate.
Don’t know a thing about Tech and don’t give a damn about being Politically Correct (Correct- yes, just not a minion in the crazy circus).
There will not be cute kitties or smelly diapers in my writing. I am on the other side of that crappola. I have raised two children and faced-off with teachers, have lawyers on retainer, and I had
suffered a husband that was always on the God Damn road, and, of whom, I still like to look at.
I have survived.
That’s it! I write about s-u-r-v-i-v-a-l.
Pretty awesome right?
Now for the first part of that question. My Process….
It’s very cerebral.
It involves morning meditation and the results of years of therapy.
Pretty much the opposite.
I just walk around, livin’ my life. If something interests me I snap a photo. Sometimes I hear about something that pisses me off. Sometimes it’s an event I’m attending, or a meal I’m gorging on, or the homeless guy that hangs around my door and wants cookies (who doesn’t?).
Sometimes it’s my kids- if they’ve paid their own bills that month (No- really. They’re awesome. They’re on their own now. I’m blood and bones, but they are on their own).
Whatever IT is, I arrange snapshots on my desk top and craft posts around them -or- I have some idea and go out and take a photo. It always accompanies a photo. I’m very visual.
I get bored easily and pictures keep me engaged (Where is my copy of the Kama Sutra anyways? Must remember to check).
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I would actually have to have a genre to figure that out.
(If any of you reading this have any idea- please help me to find my Waldo).
What are you working on now?
Besides this post?
Keeping my teeth.
Getting my dividend in liquid form out of a vineyard we have a stake in.
LIER LIER PANTS ON FIRE
I’ve been asked to compile an A Pleasant House Cookbook salted with memories of my childhood.
It should be a best seller, which is the…
BIGGEST LIE OF ALL.
Did I say there wouldn’t be Kittens?
Next up on this writers series of TED Talks is the sweet Laura Lee Carter:
Laura Lee Carter is a professional writer, author and psychotherapist. Her life’s purpose is to show others how to turn midlife difficulties into once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for personal liberation. Laura Lee has authored a number of books and e-books. Her latest is: Find Your Reason to be Here: The Search for Meaning in Midlife. Follow her on Twitter: @midlifequeen
And here are the other writer’s links that have shared their process.