Why I Write - Blog Hop

Why I Write – Blog Hop

This post is part of a blog hop that was passed onto me by Aimee at GreenBeanieBeauty. It’s an interesting topic to explore as every writer has a different take on it. So without further ado…
Why do you write?
You know those people who know exactly what they want to do with their lives? That’s me. My whole life has been about writing, before I even knew I could make a career out of it. As a kid I wrote short stories for my parents and as I got older, dabbled in poetry and fiction, most of which never saw the light of day – because I thought writing was embarassing! Clearly I had no idea that it was actually pretty cool.
I don’t know how not to write, I get itchy and annoyed when I can’t write and when I’m not writing, I’m usually plotting my next piece. I live for my byline.
The biggest insult you can pay me is by asking for a piece of my writing and then not reading it. And yes, that happened to me recently. I am still FOUL over the entire thing. How dare you ask me to sit down and write six pages for you and then pawn it off onto your mother to read because you can’t be bothered?
How does my writing differ from others in it’s genre?
My writing is only different from others in that it’s mine. I’m a storyteller constantly bursting at the seams, dying to tell someone, anyone, whatever is trapped inside of me. But I’m hardly the only one…
What am I working on?
Well, my blog for one – it’s an ongoing project. But I’m a full time writer outside the blogosphere, employed by an IT company as a copywriter and working as a freelance journalist in my spare time. I’ve got a couple articles in the works right now, just need to decide where to pitch them.
I’m also working on my novel, but don’t ask me too many questions about it or I might accidentally spill the whole plot before it’s finished!
Do I write what I do?
Yes. A writer writes best what they know. Trying to wander too far away and it begins to feel unnatural. Even fantasy and science fiction stories have plot lines based on real human stories. I write about my life, you’ll find even my fiction is a thinly veiled version of real life events.
How does my writing process work?
It depends on what I’m writing. With fiction, it usually starts half way through the story and I write bits and pieces until I end up with a puzzle that can be pieced together. With non-fiction, I usually write out the main points I need to include and then construct something around that. Sometimes it all flows out instantly, sometimes it takes a few goes, I tend to work with however my brain decides to act that day, it’s easier not to fight it.
And now it’s my turn to pay it forward, so let me introduce you to the three bloggers I’m handing the baton onto:
Katie is one of my closest friends and a fellow cat-lady. Local Chatter is her adventures exploring her new home one gallery, coffee and bar at a time. Katie has an unhealthy obsession with peanut butter and is constantly plotting her next globe-trotting adventure.
Justicemum is Jen’s superhero identity, ok… not really. Jen’s a stay at home mum to two young boys whom her life revolves around. They give her great stories to share and she blogs about her life as a mum, a wife and a daughter. She also loves sharing her baking and cooking skills (or lack thereof) with her Thermomix, which she is addicted to.
Mum of three Beth is fabulously crafty and shares her tips and tricks to better scrapbooking and quilting on her blog. She recently chopped off all her hair and donated it to create wigs for women living with cancer.