Why do you write?
In my past life in TV and my present coaching life, big and powerful questions have always been significant to me. These days, I get to ask my clients the best questions, sometimes questions that no one has ever asked them before (I really love seeing their face when that happens!).
Being asked why I write is one of my favourite questions I’ve never been asked and, as it happens, the reason I agreed to partake in this particular blog hop. When my first bloggy and author friend, Naomi asked me this question, I just had to answer it. I don’t know what I love the most about Naomi – the whimsical way she shares her adventures around Melbourne, her mutual love of Harry Potter, or the fact that she sends the best mail. Yep all of the above and more. And she’s lovely (case in point, she’ll send you her beautiful book, Airmail when you subscribe to her newsletter)
So, without further ado, a few little questions about why I write.
1. What are you working on right now?
Writing is one of my favourite things to do so, of course, I’m always working on a bunch of different things.
:: The Beauty Of Life, of course. I love that I have a place to write every week and share my thoughts with anyone who needs a little inspiration.
:: I’m writing an eBook about goals and dreams and change that has been evolving over the past year or two. It’s coming.
:: I have an eCourse in the early stages to help the lost and wondering find their way and forge the path for their new direction.
2. How does your writing differ from others in your genre?
I have to agree with Naomi on this one, writing is such a personal creative expression that it’s always going to be different from that of anyone else. The thing I love about the blogging world is that it gives everyone who wants it the opportunity to share their voice, their story, their message with the world. There are no restrictions except for the ones that you place on yourself, and only you can decide how big or small you want to play with it.
When I created the tagline for The Beauty Of Life – where heartfelt dreaming and real life action collide – I decided that it summed up me and what I’m about and hopefully that comes across in my writing. I truly believe that you can dream big and create your own whimsical world, but in order to live a wonderful life, you need to take ACTION. Make a move. Just leap.
3. Why do you write what you do?
Journalling is something I LOVE to help me get all the thoughts out of my head and onto paper. So, I guess I write that to keep me sane and to see what I can learn from the musings in my mind. Reading has always been a huge part of my life and I manage to find inspiration and little gems of wisdom everywhere.
I guess I write what I do about goals and dreams, change, relationships, and life because they are things that I value in life, but also in hope that I might ignite a spark within someone else. If one person reads something I write and it brightens their day, or encourages them, or helps shift something so small but so significant, that is one of the greatest joys for me even if they never reach out and tell me.
Just the hope that putting something out there might illicit that makes me keep on going (even on those days we all have when we wonder if anyone is even out there reading it!)
4. How does your writing process work?
It really depends. Often times I just start writing and see what comes out. An idea I might have could suddenly become something very different and I like to just roll with that. I free write most of the time using a subject or title or a bunch of headings and then I walk away from my computer. I come back a little while later to see what I’ve got (if anything) on the page in front of me and turn that into a blog post or an article.
I’m also a huge fan of putting pen to paper and seeing the ink flow in front of me. I’m not much of an artist, but I love watching the shapes that letters take depending on my mood or my thoughts. Sometimes I go through my notebooks months later and find little phrases that I love and I can use, and other times the words never see anyone’s eyes but mine.
I kind of like that.
At the end of the day, I think the best thing about the writing process is to do it. There are a million books and articles out there about being a writer. I hear people all the time talk about it. But the only way you can be a writer is to write. The process isn’t necessarily key, it’s in the doing that the magic happens.
Now, what about the other writers?
In the nature of continuing this blog hop, I’m required to invite others to take part. It seemed only fitting that after taking the challenge from my first blog and author friend, that I would pass it on to my newest, Elise Bradfield (how cool that I know people who’ve written actual books!? I’m geeking out right now). Elise and I met very recently and became instant friends, I just can’t wait to hear about why she writes. Until then, go over and check out her book and her blog (you might even see me over there *hint hint*)
And now it’s over to you. Why do you write?
Leave a comment below and tell me why you write and what you write! Do you have a book or a blog? Do you write letters to loved ones? And why?