Marg from Marg’s Slices of Life passed The Blog Hop onto me. While I was thinking about the questions she sent, Joanna and Ron from The Lazuli Portals nominated me for My Writing Process Q & A Tour. As the questions were almost identical I thought I’d answer both with the same post. I’m very honoured to be chosen by these people whose blogs and writing I admire so much.
1. Why do I write?
I write because I love words. I love how precise and powerful they are. I find it fascinating that we can line words up one after another in a particular order and we can make people laugh, cry, become frightened or astounded, and almost any other emotion it’s possible for humans to feel.
I love the pattern, shape, sound and rhythm of words.
I write so I know what I think.
I write because I want to share with other people the way I see our quirky and astonishing world. I express things more clearly in writing than I do speaking. There’s less room for confusion and being misunderstood.
I write because I love the challenges it presents.
2. Why do I write what I do?
I write short stories of any length. In short stories I can concentrate on one aspect of the human condition in greater detail. People, their psychology, motivations and behaviour, fascinate me. That’s why all my stories are character based, and why I stare at people a lot. I particularly enjoy writing about life’s ironies. My stories usually contain humour, but underneath I’m seriously questioning something I’ve observed about the way we live.
3. What am I working on?
I work on whatever excites me. I know that’s very indulgent but I think if I’m not passionate about what I’m writing how can I expect anyone else to be. I have some stories about eccentric characters I’ve grown to love and when I have enough I will turn them into a discontinuous narrative. I love reading novels about the same world from all different perspectives so the idea of writing one interests me.
4. How does your writing process work?
I start each writing session with a timed writing exercise. The most difficult thing for me to do is physically start. So I tell myself if I write for 20 minutes I’ve done my daily writing. But once I’ve started I don’t want to stop. The writing exercise might be to explore something in the story I’m working on that I need to think about more, or it might be free writing.
The first draft is agony. Once the ideas are on paper and I know what I want to say I love it. I love the crafting and dreaming deeper into the story, discovering the things my subconscious has already embedded in the text. This is the magical exciting time when I get to play with choosing and arranging words that will express these ideas the best way I can. Once my idea is crystal clear the words often write themselves, though. When that happens it’s the most amazing high. That’s what keeps me writing.
I know I’m suppose to nominate 3 bloggers to take on the task of answering these questions about their writing, but I decided to open it up to any writer who reads my blog. I’m intrigued by how other people write, and I learn so much from reading or listening to authors. It’s also extremely helpful to make yourself think about why you write and how. I learned things from answering these questions about my writing that I didn’t know about myself before.
Whatever you decide to do, keep writing!