I've been tagged in the Writing Process Blog Tour by North Carolina's Bookends – a new blog started by two writers who "haven't been writing much lately for the reasons most writers don't write – lack of time and too much Netflix."
Oof, haven't we all been there.
So today, I'm part of this Blog Tour which specifically focuses on process. In this case, my writing process. It works like this: I've been tagged, so I now write a post about my process. Next week, my fellow bloggers angloyankophile (fellow American in London, writer) and June Letters (incredibly talented and lovely San Francisco-based designer) will write similar posts telling us about their creative processes. Here it goes:
What are you working on?
My work focus lately has been on two main projects: DesignGood and DesignGood Studio, an Austin-based, internationally-focused community that designs for and highlights the work of creative businesses of any kind who are out to do good.
On Second Floor Flat, I've begun writing more personal pieces about confidence, issues I've struggled with, my experiences as an expat, etc. I've received positive feedback about those pieces and am really looking forward to continuing them.
I also recently started at Great.ly shop and am desperately trying not buy everything.
How does your work differ from others of its genre?
You often hear successful bloggers talk about being yourself and creating content that's unique to your talents. I struggled with how to put that into practice for a while, but now am embracing it. What makes my work differ from others is my honesty and willing to be who I am despite any internal reservations, and I hope that shows in my work.
Why do you write what you do?
Honestly, it makes me feel good. There's so much bouncing around in my head at any given time, so much excitement/anxiety/insecurity, that it feels good to just put it out there. If it's out there, then it's a Thing that can be dealt with rather than something that's just knocking around in my head. In short, I write to connect.
How does your writing process work?
I prefer writing first thing in the morning when my brain seems to be working clearly. I sit at my kitchen table with a cup of coffee and then just go for it. I'm a big fan of writing a long, rambling draft, and refining several times over. Either that or sometimes I'll grab my laptop post-shower and do the damn thing.