My lovely friend Lydia of Cluttered Genius asked me to share a little about my writing process with you. You may find her post here. Of course I said yes immediately and only later thought, “My writing process? Oh, dear!” Now I bring you a little window into my madness…
1. What am I working on?
I generally don’t have time to work when the kids are awake, so my window of opportunity is from about 9 to 11 pm each night. Yes, I forgo sleep for writing and I do it happily! I take a ton of pictures daily. I get inspiration from those pictures and from the crazy things my children do or say. I have a running list of ideas in the notes app on my iPhone.
2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?
Honestly? I don’t know. I’m just…me. I lay it all out for you. I never stop to think how I might be different because I’m too busy just being me! What might make my work unique is simply what makes our family unique: a tube-fed toddler boy with sensory processing disorder, a younger toddler girl, living on campus, my journeys through postpartum mood disorders, our quest for health. Just us.
3. Why do I write what I write?
I started blogging in 2010 as an outlet as well as a way to keep family updated on my pregnancy with C. Writing is my passion, my creative outlet, my work. When I was little, I would write stories on any little paper that was lying around. It’s part of me. I’d be writing even if no one was reading.
I choose to write about my life because I have found solace in the stories of others. It’s cathartic for me and I know that if someone in a similar situation reads it, they might find comfort in it, too. I write about postpartum mood disorders because I don’t want anyone to suffer alone. I write about C’s health and my personal struggles with it because I know that there are other parents out there experiencing the uncertainty and stress associated with special needs parenting.
4. How does my writing process work?
My writing process is a bit haphazard. In the past six months, I’ve started keeping a blogging calendar to help me focus. It’s color-coded according to subject because I’m anal-retentive like that. I plan my (Kinda) Wordless Wednesdays up to one month in advance. Sponsored content is thoroughly planned and carefully written; however, my deeply personal posts are often written on a whim when I can’t sleep. I start typing frantically on my MacBook as the words come screaming through my fingers.
I’ve realized that creativity and madness coexist. Being a creative person sometimes means organized chaos.
Who am I nominating to share their writing process? I am nominating Jenny of Tranquila Mama. She is a fiercely supportive member of the PPD community, a strong advocate and friend. I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet her in person a few months ago. A hug from a fellow warrior mom is a hug like none other. I am also nominating Rachel of To Hab & To Hold. Rach is a dear friend of mine, whom I met through Mamavation two years ago. It’s as if I’ve known her forever. Check out their posts next Monday – I am excited to learn how these ladies do it!