Those who have been following my blogging journey for a little while will know how much I love to write. It really is my greatest passion in life, which I've been very fortunate over the years to be able to hone and share. I was asked recently by my lovely friend Kristen of Kristen Hedges if I would like to part of a blog tour sharing a little bit about my writing process. Kristen is an amazing creative soul, who has been a huge inspiration to me over the past few years. I found her beautiful website after reading one of her wonderful posts of the Free People blog. Her poetic words resonated with my soul and helped me to begin a new chapter in my life journey. I feel so honoured that she passed the torch onto me (you can read her inspiring post here). I look forward to seeing where this lovely blog tour journeys to in the future. So here is a little bit about my writing process..
What am I working on?
I think it's pretty safe to say, I'm always working on something. Whether it be a blog post, a chapter of my 'someday' book or an idea for a freelance article, not a day goes by where I'm without words. Right now I'm really excited about a few new projects, one which is evolving everyday from a series of blog posts, to a e-course, to somewhere between a magazine and a book. Its contents brings together my love of writing, photography, journaling and sharing inspiration. It's bringing me plenty of ideas and joy! I'm also enjoying delving deeper into areas of my world I've never really touched so far through blogging. I love that a blog post can be such an intimate everyday moment captured in time. Those fleeting thoughts that find their way into a few rambling paragraphs late at night are my very favourite.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Honestly I'm not sure how my work differs, because I'm not sure I fit into just one genre. And just between you and me, when it comes to blogging, I sometimes wish genres (or categories) would just get thrown out the window, so we could just get on with writing and sharing whatever we love. So my genre is, from the heart. Whatever I write, is always honest and straight from the heart, the way I feel all writing should be. One of my favourite writing teachers Natalie Goldberg says, 'go for the jugular' and as I rediscover my voice I'm loving this concept of just diving right into ideas (no matter how raw or thought provoking) more and more.
These days as a new mama, I've had to rethink my creative process a little and in doing so, I've found myself more creative and with more inspiration and ideas than ever. Only having pockets of time (nap time and late evenings) to really 'write', I know when the time comes I have to be creatively switched on. So throughout the day, I make lots and lots of notes. I use a cheap notebook for this task. It holds everything, ideas, to do lists, half scribbled post ideas. I don't care if it gets wet, tea stained or crumpled and it's totally unorganised, but I know it's all there. Then I use Evernote on my devices. This has been a huge revelation for me. I write posts straight into Evernote at 3am, I use it organise ideas for projects and often go back through all my notebooks and transfer the 'good bits' so I have them stored. Finally I have my moleskine journal. To me it's a really special space. I love to make it feel like home and when I write, I write straight from my soul. It's for the deep stuff, the musing, life changing, ever evolving life path stuff. I don't often publish what goes in my journal, it really is just a place for my soul to be totally free. Somewhere bewteen these three places, my ideas come to life and together they form the bases of my published work.
Why do I write what I do?
I want to rephrase this to simply, why do I write... And my answer is simple - I write because I feel like it was what I was born to do. It brings me joy, fills me up and allows a form of expression that I don't find in any other creative medium. I've always loved to write. In fact my year three report says, 'Sophie is a prolific writer' and you know what, it makes me smile every time I think that words have been coursing through my veins since I was eight years old. For some people, it's music, others dance, cooking or running. For me it's writing, in all its forms. Every time I put my pen on the page, I feel like it's for the first time. It's exciting, scary and connects so deeply, I'm always blown away by the words that often tumble onto the page. In it's true state, unedited, scribbled and infused with the raw emotion of the day, writing is the most profound way for me to connect, with myself and the world around me.
I'm delighted to pass the torch on to..
My dear friend, the gorgeous and talented Katie of House of Humble. Katie and I often joke that we might actually be long lost sisters and I'm so happy that our paths have crossed in so many ways. Although we've never met (I hope to change this very soon) I've always felt a wonderful connection with Katie through her beautiful, authentic and passionate words. I can't wait to read about her writing process which she'll be sharing over at House of Humble next week.
PS. If you're feeling inspired to dust off your journal, you can find of my tips to help get the words flowing over here.