My Writing Process, a blog tour

27 04 2014

I was invited to join this blog tour on #mywritingprocess by Lisa Froman. Lisa is an inspired writer. Even though we live in the same town, we only recently became friends through blogging. I now often start my day with a meditation from her book, Tao Flashes. I find myself in the company of very talented and seasoned writers in this blog tour. When Lisa asked if I wanted to join the tour, I said, “Sure, I’ll do it!” Even though I consider myself a novice writer, I am confident talking about my creative process. I also try to say yes to things that push me out of my comfort zone.

Yet as I’m starting to write, I’m questioning and asking myself, why am I doing this? This tour is full of real writers. But because I know my process, I know to ignore that annoying voice of self-doubt that plague most creative folk including myself.

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I’ve been an advertising/marketing art director for my entire professional career. I started giving workshops on creativity and leading Artist’s Way groups a few years back. I have found it important to understand your creative process, no matter your medium. Once you know your own unique process, you know how to get through the bumps and how to nurture your muse.

1. Why do I write what I do?

I write because I need my voice to be heard.

I work in corporate world. My creative voice is often drowned out by those higher up the corporate food chain. My writing is something that is all mine. I can tell whatever story I want to tell; I can craft it how I want; I do not have to get anyone’s approval before I hit publish. Blogging is not part of my day job, so writing is a new and fresh creative outlet for me. It is liberating and I’ve grown in wonderful and unexpected ways because of my blog.

2. How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?

This question made me slip into the procrastination part of my process. I’m now caught up with all my social media friends and have watched a TED talk and a few cat videos. This question stumps me because I’ve just started to call myself a writer. OK, here goes…

My genre is midlife blogging. My writing differs because I’m writing about my life journey from my point of view. I’m a designer/writer/marketer/speaker/extrovert who needs quiet time/traveler/foodie/only child of an only child/lover/southerner (bless my heart)/friend/empty nester and on and on, all of which uniquely informs my writing. I have a quirky sense of humor, so I often write of the goofy things I do. I’ve found love in my 50’s after divorce and I write about that.  I live in a part of the world that is like no other and I write about that.  I like to bake and have my grandmother’s handwritten recipes and I share those.  I write about my creative journey. And I don’t want to be pegged as a certain kind of writer because I don’t know where my journey will take me, so I have difficulty describing my genre.

3. How does your writing process work?

There’s a book I use as a resource in studying the creative process. It’s The Creative Process Illustrated. There are similarities and differences in everyone’s process. I’ve learned my writing process is different than my design process and is different from my speaker process. Here’s my writing process:

• Wake up early
• In my PJs, with a cup of coffee, handwrite in a notebook, curled up in my chair
• Stare off into space, write, meditate, write, meditate, get another cup of coffee, write, meditate
• Walk away from draft, take a shower
• Rewrite draft on computer
• Print it out, go back to chair, edit all over the page
• Repeat
• Write, edit
• Write, edit
• Write, edit
• Go for a walk
• Write, edit,
• Proof, proof again
• Publish
• Keep finding typos

4. What am I working on now?

I’ve got several projects in the works outside of my day job. A big one that is taking up a ridiculous amount of time is trying to kill the bamboo in my backyard. My sweetie and I started a business last summer making marketing videos. I’m focusing on making our dream grow by wearing my marketing hat. We’re shooting a pop up dinner party next week that may grow into a tv pilot pitch and should be a lot of fun.

I’m also putting together a creative retreat for this summer. It’ll start with an exploration of the creative process. Then we’ll break into small groups and the participants will write or draw. The goal is to better understand your process so when asked these kinds of questions you know how to answer them.

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Next in the process

The great part of this blog tour is reading what other writers have to say. I now pass the torch to a writer I met last year at BlogHer.  She is a women I instantly felt a connection with and she is a gifted writer.

Helene Cohen Bludman has been writing all her life, but mostly for other people. In 2013 she left her job in university marketing to become a full-time writer and work on her unfinished novel. Her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, BlogHer, Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, and more. Helene writes a wonderful blog called Books is Wonderful. Check out her writing process.

Here’s the link to other writer’s in this blog tour.
Read what they had to say about their process.

Marci Rich

Jane Gassner

Janie Emaus

Walker Thornton

Lisa Froman

Mindy Klapper Trotta

Cathy Chester

Linda Maltz Wolff

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31 responses

27 04 2014
Juanita McGregor

Enjoyed as always..cannot wait to hear about the pop-up dinner party,. Your being a part of the blog tour is exactly why I want to start a blog..I missed an opportunity to be part of one, i n another context, because I didn’t have a blog.

27 04 2014
conniemcleod

Juanita, do it!! WordPress is very intuitive and an easy platform to learn.

27 04 2014
Lisa Garon Froman

Connie, I love your creative process and I love your creative voice. It’s always entertaining! So glad blogging and serendipity brought us together–finally!

27 04 2014
conniemcleod

Lisa, the universe has put us together. I believe we have wonderful adventures awaiting us!

27 04 2014
Helene Bludman

Love, love, love your process and can relate to the many episodes of write/edit, write/edit. Plus the procrastination. Always enjoy your writing, Connie.

27 04 2014
conniemcleod

Thanks Helene. I always enjoy your writing and look forward to reading about your process.

27 04 2014
Walker Thornton

Thanks for the shoutout! And, wow…love the way your creative expression is taking so many new directions…sorry I live too far away to take one of your classes.

27 04 2014
conniemcleod

Walker, it was your post that got me onboard this tour. Lisa Froman was an inspired writer for you to tag. She’s also a wonderful new friend. I do wish you lived closer and that we could all visit IRL…maybe someday.

27 04 2014
Lois Alter Mark

Love this, and can so relate! I think I will procrastinate writing mine by reading yours again!

27 04 2014
conniemcleod

Lois, sounds like a plan!

27 04 2014
Cathy Chester

I loved reading this and getting to know you even more. You are a gifted writer and a force that cannot ever be reckoned with. And thank goodness for that!

Where do I sign up for your course? Does it include airfare from NJ?

So happy to know you and be a part (when it’s my turn) of this writing process getting-to-know you event!

Love this, Connie.

28 04 2014
conniemcleod

Cathy, it is really nice to get to know each other better through our writing. I look forward to reading about your writing process!

28 04 2014
jasteck

I can put writing off with just about anything, but social media seems to be the biggest alternative. Still, I finally get to it. Thanks for sharing your process and reminding me about how great the Artist’s Way is. I’d love to go through that process again.

28 04 2014
conniemcleod

I really credit the Artists Way with me starting to write. My blog is a direct result of the morning pages. Thanks for commenting.

28 04 2014
doreenb8

Your process is a lot like mine. I am obsessed with notebooks and pens.

28 04 2014
conniemcleod

I have a certain kind of pen I prefer. And I use different color inks too.

28 04 2014
themidlifesecondwife

Connie, thanks so much for including a link to my writing process essay. I really like what you had to say, especially this: “I don’t want to be pegged as a certain kind of writer because I don’t know where my journey will take me…” That’s the beautiful thing about writing, and the beautiful thing about life. Every turn of the page offers something new to explore. For great books on writing, I recommend Dani Shapiro’s STILL WRITING to every writer I meet. I’m also just finishing Stephen King’s ON WRITING, which is quite good. Enjoy!

28 04 2014
conniemcleod

Marci, I’m honored to be in a blog tour with you. I really appreciate the book suggestions. Thanks for stopping by.

28 04 2014
themidlifesecondwife

Awww…you’re welcome, Connie!

28 04 2014
Carol Cassara (@ccassara)

I’m still laughing at the procrastination comment. Oh, those cat videos!
Carol
http://www.carolcassara.com

28 04 2014
conniemcleod

Cat videos are made for procrastination mode!

28 04 2014
elinwaldal

Connie, I love this post and only just learned about the blog tour last week from Lois. Lisa is brilliant to encourage writer’s to share their process. We have so many things in common I could fill your comment section…but then you’d have to wait all day because I’d have to write, shower, write some more…etc. Last, I am relieved to learn that I am not the only one who watches those silly cat videos. Great post, thanks for sharing.

28 04 2014
conniemcleod

Thanks Elin, I find a lot of similarities in this tour. Hearing others self doubts and procrastination makes me realize we are not that different. Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to reading about your process!

28 04 2014
Carpool Goddess

Our creative process is very much the same. Lots of coffee, writing, editing, walking, oh and of course, procrastinating.

28 04 2014
conniemcleod

I like to call procrastination Creative Hibernation.

28 04 2014
Sharon Greenthal

Edit, edit edit! I don’t handwrite anymore – I can’t even read my own writing – but the editing is so important.

28 04 2014
conniemcleod

Sharon, if I wrote as much as you did, I might learn to skip the handwritten part.

28 04 2014
midlifebloggers

I LOVE this, Connie! When Marci Rich tapped me, the Blog Tour seemed mostly to be literary types and I hoped that my choices of who should follow would offer a less, well, less literary perspective. (Sorry, all you poets) That definitely has happened and I can now much better relate to what everyone is writing.

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