Blog Tour: My Writing Process

Writer's Craft
I can’t lie. I shimmied when I received Tayari’s invitation to the blog tour. I’ve admired and appreciated her since the release of her wonderful book, Silver Sparrow. I met her via Twitter, and because she was so warm and engaging, I bought the book and attended her book signing in Athens, Georgia. Gracious and welcoming, she shared her wisdom, time and friends with me that day. So the purpose of this blog tour is to showcase the ways writers engage in the writing process. To that end, bloggers answer four questions and pass the baton to two others. The questions and my responses are below: What are you working on? I’m in the early stages of a short story. I’ve not written very many of those, and in fact,…
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TED Talk Tuesday

30 Day Blog Challenge, 30 in 30 April, Writer's Craft
Although I haven't seen it in over two years, this TED Talk has been on my mind the past few days. That means it's time to take another look. Elizabeth Gilbert is a writer, most famously known for Eat, Pray, Love. She quips early in the talk that it's quite possible her greatest success is behind her. Even so, she was born to write, and she wants to keep writing. Creative minds beset with the pressure to create and achieve outward measures of success are at times overwhelmed or downright tortured. Sometimes to the point of being unable to continue with their work. In the darkest cases, they are unable to continue living at all. Said Elizabeth, "I would prefer to keep doing this work that I love. And so,…
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What to ask an author

30 Day Blog Challenge, Writer's Craft
Today, Tayari Jones is interviewing Khaled Hosseini, the author of Kite Runner. She's been compiling and polishing questions to pose: When you go see an author, what types of things would you like to hear discussed? — Tayari Jones (@tayari) September 21, 2013 Over 500 tickets have been sold for the event, so I want it to be informative and fun. — Tayari Jones (@tayari) September 21, 2013 First of all, I love Tayari's approach to life. I really enjoyed meeting her in person during the release of her novel, Silver Sparrow. She was vibrant and full of encouragement. I follow her musings and world traveling via social media, and I always find her updates authentic, thoughtful, or inspiring. The tweets above are no exception.  She realizes Hosseini may be…
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It’s supposed to be fun…

Writer's Craft
It's early yet, but so far this #30in30 has been pretty easygoing. I have less time this round, and, happily, less angst. I'm more relaxed, perhaps because I've done it once and I know I can do it. Or perhaps because I realize I can't always publish thoughtful, well-crafted posts, and that's fine. I'm exercising my writing muscles, and carving out more time to think about a variety of things, and that's the main reason I took up the challenge. For bloggers out there feeling a little burned out, this one's for you...
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A thank you note.

Writer's Craft
I promised myself I would write. I owe it to myself to keep my promise. Joshunda's sentiment to write as exploration and truth-telling, and ultimately as an expression of self-love, resonated with me months ago.  That afternoon we talked love, pets, career, life, all in no particular order. Mostly we talked writing. We talked writing as inquiry. As work. As joy. As required. As radical.   I hear her voice whenever I talk myself out of writing. When I procrastinate until "later today."  Or when I say "tomorrow."  I hear her voice when brilliance flashes at inconvenient moments, and I neglect to take note.  When I resist.  When I do anything other than sit and listen to the ideas clamoring to be revealed, or prodded, refuted, developed, acknowledged...I hear her voice. Today, I am listening. And…
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Writing Round Up

Writer's Craft
So an interesting thing happened. I wrote every day in August to build a writing habit. Even though it was difficult, and some days I composed opening lines with a begrudging heart, it seems the habit part stuck. It's the 6th of September. Purposely, I have not made any attempt to write each day, but my silence has been instructive. I miss writing. I won't promise daily posts, although I do plan to hang around this space a bit more regularly. Hope you will, too. ~ Trying something new this month, thanks to a suggestion from Joshunda. In case you missed them, here were the top five posts from August: How do you persevere in challenging times? That's the heart of sustaining faith. Giving yourself permission to take up space…
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Don’t Give Up | #30in30 #WriteLikeCrazy

30 Day Blog Challenge, Productivity, Writer's Craft
Anyone who has ever made a resolution discovers that the strength of their determination fades with time. The important thing is not that your resolve never wavers, but that you don’t get down on yourself when it does and throw in the towel. ~Daisaku Ikeda 23 down. 7 to go: I have made a commitment to write (and share) every day for 30 days. Some days it’s been a joy – especially those days when I have time to truly craft or be playful on the page. It’s also rewarding when I’m feeling a bit righteous and want to make a little noise about something on my heart. Unfortunately, not all days are sunshine. When I’m tired, or my day simply hasn’t gone as planned, I often debate skipping and…
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The Writer’s Garden | #30in30 #WriteLikeCrazy.

30 Day Blog Challenge, Writer's Craft
I wake up in the morning with writing on the brain. Prone in bed, stretching various limbs, I pepper myself with silent questions. What do you want to post today? Are you going to write that bit about civics? You’re going to the beach later, so how about starting your “Lessons from the Ocean” series? Oh! What about that interesting article? The one you favorited last night? Grasping for ideas, one invariably jumps up and shouts, “Me! Pick me!” “Ah-ha!” I think. “I’ve found you!” And so the game begins. I start my day, usually with some sort of exercise. If I’m lucky, it’s a running day, and I mentally compose my post during the four-mile trek around my neighborhood. More often than not, I am unable to write immediately…
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On Worthy Writing | #30in30 #WriteLikeCrazy.

30 Day Blog Challenge, Writer's Craft
The 30in30/WriteLikeCrazy challenge has proven a good workout for my writing muscles. It’s early yet – this is my sixth post in as many days – but in addition to getting words on the page, I’ve also engaged in a decent bit of self-reflection. Prior to this, my daily decision-making was thus: “to write or not to write?” Usually the answer was “not to write.” Never short on reasons, I chose from: No time No topic No audience No confidence No expertise Just no With this challenge, the game has changed. New decision points are, “what time will I write” and “what shall I say?” As to what time, I had dreams of creating a daily writing block. 8-9 a.m., for example. But dreams fade upon waking, and reality kicks…
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