Jana, over at Stop Me If I Told You This, was kind enough to include me in her recent blog post that answers questions about her writing process.
If you don’t already read her blog, please do. She is funny and she can make you cry and I love her like frozen crazy.
I guess the way this works is, I answer a few questions and then post 4 bloggers who will in turn answer the same questions and tag four other bloggers. It’s possible this is a pyramid scheme.
Here are the questions:
1) What am I working on at the moment?
2) How does my work differ from others of this genre?
3) Why do I write what I do?
4) How does my writing process work?
What am I working on at the moment? Mostly, I am working on me. I’ve spent the last few years examining myself and trying to understand why I am who I am and more importantly, learning to like who I am. Part of the process includes writing this blog. I have also been working on a book that started out about adult children of narcissists, but has evolved into more than that. It’s called Symptoms Of Shark Bite.
There. I said it out loud. This makes me sweaty.
How does my work differ from others of this genre? I have no idea what this fucking genre is. I’d say it differs because I say ‘fuck’ a lot. But honestly, a lot of you motherfuckers are really foul-mouthed, so that kind of blows that idea. I guess I can say it’s different because it comes out of my head. I’m pretty sure I don’t share my head with anyone else, so the work that comes out of my head has to be different from other writers.
Why do I write what I do? No fucking idea. It’s usually a surprise to me. And that is very nearly true! I guess I write what I write because I’m a little teapot and if I don’t dump the shit that is in my head, steam will come out of my ears and I’ll start whistling.
A closer to the bone answer is: I write what I write because it feels good to connect with other people and it has helped me not feel lonely as I try to work through life and the anxiety and depression and uncertainty that I deal with. It also makes me happy when I make people laugh. Like ‘going to the beach and eating all the cotton candy’ happy.
How does my writing process work? In spite of myself.
Here are the bloggers:
Swamp Gas & Moon Lit Reflections The answers will be answered by the CEO of SGMR Industries, Inc. This is a new segment in this blog and I have to say, it’s pretty fucking hilarious.
Rocco’s (fairly modern) Life I love Rocco. I can’t remember how I found his blog, but I am so glad I did. He’s the same age as my older son and he writes about his life, current and past. He honestly examines the ways he falls down and then how he gets back up again. I am endlessly impressed with this young man and I am so cheering for him.
I Am Not Quirky This is a very recent find for me (like in the last few weeks). I love this girl, mostly because I understand the what’s she writing. I can empathize with her. I read her words and I feel understood.
Last but far from least:
It’s A Long Story Stef writes about her family, her past, her life and cake. Fucking hell, she makes some amazing looking cakes. Also, she asked that I make her look tall and thin. So when you read this blog, please know that the writer is tall and thin. And there’s the part about cake.
What I dislike about posts like this is there are about 853 other blogs that I would have liked to include. Some people that I would have asked have already done a post like this and I would hate to be a pain in their ass by asking again.
There are some extremely talented and poignant and funny people out there just waiting to have their words read by you.