Why I Write

 

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There’s a little blog hop/linky going around at the moment, asking us why we write. It started way back somewhere, but the first I heard of it was on Always Josefa. Now, the lovely Renee from Mummy, Wife, Me has challenged me to answer this question. I’m loving seeing how everyone has different processes with their writing, and think it’s fabulous how they’re sharing little bits of their writing selves.

If you’re a regular here, you’ll know I tend to waffle a bit, so though for something different, I’d keep this one brief. I’m sure I could say it in a few thousand words, but today I only need a few.

Quite simply, Why I Write is because I love conversation. I  love to talk in real life, and I love a good exchange on paper (or screen). I figure if I can start a dialogue, I’ll probably have a good chat with someone somewhere. I also love to learn about others, I’m naturally curious and a questioner, so figure it’s only fair to put some of my thoughts out there also.

WHAT AM I WORKING ON?

I’m working on a gaggle of different things at the moment, the most exciting being the book I’m putting together, The Zen Files. It’s all about how ZEN has featured in peoples’ lives. And if you think you have something to share…..let me know!

 

HOW DOES MY WRITING DIFFER FROM OTHERS IN ITS GENRE?

I love to write what’s in my head, but a I also LOVE to find out what’s in other peoples’ heads! I can’t stop myself asking people all about their lives, and have made a habit of it in my series on the blog, The Zen Files and What’s Your Dream? I never tire of hearing how others deal with things that affect their lives; the negative as well as the positive.

 

WHY DO I WRITE WHAT I DO?

There seems to be a lot going on in the world that doesn’t go a long way to making us feel good. I try to go for the opposite and see what’s around that make a positive difference in our day. I acknowledge that everything isn’t always lovely, but would rather seek out the good in people, and maybe even learn something that can make a difference in my life. With  a young daughter, who has her whole life ahead of her, I like to think we’re all hoping for the same thing when it comes to good karma.

 

HOW DOES MY WRITING PROCESS WORK?

I love routine, so try to work on one thing at a time. But, on the absolute flipside, I also love variety, so have a few things on the go at once. I have my tiny desk tucked away in the corner, near the kitchen, so I can be there where everything happens in our house. Notebooks are piled high on my desk, because as much as I work in the digital world, it all starts on paper. Every little scrap of an idea starts it’s life in a notebook, and grows from there. It sometimes surprises me when I look back over the pages and see how some things started.

I’ve also just set up an art studio in our house, so Bell can paint whenever she likes, and sometimes I’ll write in there. The morning sun warms up the room, and the cat and I sit on the couch and “work” together. If I have a few hours spare, my absolute favourite place to write is the coffee shop on the beach, down the road from our house.

My process is very informal, and as I’ve said before, a deadline is the perfect thing to really get me thinking! I tend to work best under pressure, and most of the time will write and press publish, without really knowing what I’ve written. Once the idea takes hold, it kind of takes on a life of its’ own. I’m definitely not a disciplined writer, but that’s what works best for me. In the long run, as selfish as it sounds, I write more for me than anybody else……and I’m constantly surprised/grateful that anyone takes anything away from my words.

PASSING IT ON

The reason this meme is so successful is the way it’s passed on from person to person, and we all get to have a nosey peek into others’ writing lives. I’m passing on to three fabulously talented ladies who I love reading, and hope you will too, if you haven’t discovered them already.

slow

Michelle from My Slow Living Adventure is relatively new blogger, who writes beautifully about her journey into the slow living movement.

 

jodi

Jodi writes at J. F. Gibson, where she shares stories of family life and writing, and isn’t afraid to discuss the issues that make up our everyday.

 

middle

Janet is an almost neighbour of mine, and is the author of Middle Aged Mama. She writes about fashion, looking good and living well, and how fabulously she’s doing middle age.

 

PS. do you think maybe I don’t really know the meaning of “keeping it brief”?

 

Linking with Maxabella loves, Life, Love & Hiccups, Sonia Styling and A Life Less Frantic for the Weekend Rewind.

 

Comments

  1. Great post Lisa. You are soooo zen. I love reading your blog. And I love who you passed the baton to. Especially Janet :) Can’t wait to read what that lovely lady says.

  2. I’ve just finished mine – for tomorrow.

    I didn’t find it as hard as the post I’m writing for you though! (Undecided what to confess to – in terms of my dreams….).

    BTW, one of the things I love most about your blog and your writing is the positivity.
    xx

  3. Lol. I’m struggling with keeping it brief myself lately!! Thanks so much for joining in Lisa and sharing your thoughts on the topic. Your art studio sounds absolutely perfect. I wish I had one. I am very excited about your Zen files project and as you know, I always love reading about the latest blogger you have decided to share with us. Your sunny personality is definitely what keeps me coming back to your blog. I’m looking forward to meeting you IRL one day xx

  4. The baton has been caught Lisa! Your writing place and process sounds as peaceful as your chosen topic. How could anything written about zen-ness bring anything but joy?

    • Thanks for joining in, Michelle. It does make me happy, but every now and then the zen escapes me ;)

  5. Love that you have an art studio – that is sooo incredibly cool! xx

  6. Thank you for nominating me – you made my day! I was feeling very left out ;-)

    I think we both write for very similar reasons – to add some positivity and joy to the world and hopefully make a difference.

  7. I’ve always loved your words, Lisa. There is a gentleness here that I like very much. I must say, reading a lot of the ‘why i write’ posts has been really interesting to me. I’m actually starting to see patterns in the way people write! For example, there is a certain similarity in styles between those who identify themselves as being routine-based with their process and a similarity between those who don’t. How fascinating is that!! x

    • Thank you gorgeous Bron! And yes, I think it will be interesting to look back at all these posts in a year or so, and see that pattern really stand out xx

  8. A lovely (and interesting) post Lisa. I find it intriguing to learn about all the writers on the ‘blog hop’ :)

    Love that ‘desk’ – I want one!!

  9. I love why you write, I love what you write and I love that you write full stop. And thank you for nominating me. xxx

  10. lovely insight Lisa, love the sound of your art studio. Love sunny little rooms like that to work in x

  11. I’m so glad that you write Lisa, I love your blog and your insights. Your Art Studio sounds just lovely, what a wonderful space x

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