My writing process

My friend Katie asked me to participate in the “My Writing Process” blog tour because she wanted to read more about what went into my ebook. What she didn’t know is she timed her request pretty perfectly since I just attended a writing workshop!

1. What are you working on right now?

I just wrote an email series simplifying the process of discovering your brand. I’m really excited about it! I decided to try something new and create a journal for it as well. I know not everyone likes to receive emails, and sometimes you just want to read it all at once.

Plus it was fun creating the journal pages! I was inspired by a journal I picked up in Portland — 365 pages, 365 questions, and 5 spaces on each page to answer that day’s question each year so you can see what you wrote in years past. I thought that would be a really helpful way to discover your brand, since it’s really a process, and you see things in new ways over time. So I took the exercises and laid them out as journal pages, with 4 blanks per page so you can watch your brand evolve over time.

My next project is to create an ecourse based off of my ebook. I’m learning that some people need a step-by-step process for setting up your site rather than a reference guide. Everyone learns in different ways, and I hope my course will be a kick in the butt for anyone who is stalling on starting their business site (because I know I certainly could have used one!).

I’m also working on a project that I’m not really sure yet where it’s going. I’ve been writing letters to creatives about pretty much everything I’ve learned in business, from practical advice to things I have to remind myself of regularly. We’ll see what happens! For now it’s been a fun creative exercise, and I’ve written some things I needed to hear myself. (Plus, it inspired a blog post I’ll be publishing soon!)

2. How does your work differ from others of its genre?

I think that a a lot of books dealing with technical stuff tend to be too, well, technical. My hope is that when people read my work, they are delighted by how easy it is to understand.

Also, I like to call myself a recovering perfectionist. I still struggle with the idea that nothing has to be perfect and you can only improve on something when it actually exists. So I hope that my writing can simplify things and help people get out of their own heads — because I know it’s certainly something I need!

3. Why do you write what you do?

I’m so glad you asked! We worked on a few exercises on this topic at the writing workshop, and everything finally clicked for me. Ultimately, I want to help others do what they love, and I want my writing to either encourage and inspire them to do so, or offer them practical tips to help them work through their struggles (like representing themselves well online!).

4. How does your writing process work?

I used to be very much about scheduling time to write — and I think that can be helpful. I played piano growing up, and my grandma forced me to practice at least 20 minutes a day. I didn’t always like it (in fact, I was a real brat about it pretty often — sorry, grandma!), but you know what? I got better at it and loved it a lot more when I could actually play amazing music. Writing is the same, just like any other craft. You have to practice it to get better — and sometimes that requires scheduling time to do it.

But lately I’ve had less of a process and more of just writing when the ideas are flowing. I keep an Evernote notebook to list ideas when I have them and write rough drafts or outlines — anything to have as a starting point later when I have more time to really write it all out. I think that’s key — having anything but a blank page helps.

I’m also really enjoying putting physical pen to paper — which I never thought I would say. I love technology! But there’s something special about the actual act of writing. No Twitter or Facebook notifications popping up. I’ve become one of those people who carries a journal and pen everywhere. I probably look like a crazy person sitting at brunch scribbling away while I wait for my food to come, but it totally works.

So, I’m supposed to pass the baton to three other bloggers. I didn’t actually ask them ahead of time, so no pressure on them to post, but definitely check out their work! Thank you to Katie for asking me to participate — be sure to check out her original post. I’d like to pass it on to:

Melissa, because she’s my fellow grammar nerd trying to make Twitter a better place one correctly used “its” at a time. She has a great email list if you love writing and is launching an ecourse on writing an ebook soon!

Erika, because I just met her at the writing workshop and think she’s an incredible writer. I really love her mission for her blog — you’ll definitely have to follow along!

Betsy, because she’s my other fellow grammar nerd trying to make Twitter a better place with less all caps tweeting. Not only is she a talented writer, she has an amazing ability to tackle sensitive issues in a thoughtful, open way.

And a shout-out to my friends Kelly, who already participated, and Jessica, who will be publishing hers soon!

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