|A little poem I typed up yesterday morning. The A key has trouble hitting hard enough to release any ink, and the C key sticks. And sometimes the O hits twice even if you only hit once. It's the most perfectly imperfect typewriter in the world.|
1) What am I working on?
Currently, I'm working on some nonfiction essays, kind of like this one I shared last week. My hope is to submit a few to literary journals and be published. I was featured in my alma mater's literary journal during my senior year, and I would love to expand that published list to some larger scale publications.
2) How does my work differ from others from its genre?
This is a little hard to answer really. When it comes to the blog, my work is different because my personality is different, and I write here the way I talk. Sometimes I'm funny (at least, I think I'm funny) and sometimes I'm serious. Pretty much, here, I'm writing exactly as I speak in conversation with friends. In my essays, I'm different because I don't usually write a long story, or focus on major topics. I take small details of life, a single item perhaps, and explore it in depth, focusing on why it is significant to me. I have written on bigger topics in the past, such as eating disorders, but mostly I write about the impact of little details on life as a whole.
3) Why do I write/create what I do?
Another difficult question. I write what I do because I need to. Writing to me is an essential element of life. I know when I haven't written something in too long because I just don't feel like me. And I write what I do because it's honest. Because it is true to who I am. Because it is my life.
4) How does your writing/creating process work?
My process is relatively simple, really. I just sit down, sometimes with a notebook and pen, sometimes with my laptop, and start. I let the words come out as they come to me. Once I feel that I've run out of words, I stop. Then I edit, and edit again, and edit one more time, and when it feels true, when it feels finished, I call it a day.
So there you have it, friend. A little look into my space and my heart. Next week you'll be hearing from Jessica of Seeking Individuality, Betsy of Heavens to Betsy, and Jessa of Jessa Olson! I can't wait to get a peek into these beauties lives and see what their process looks like.
What does your process look like? Do you have a special place that is all your own in which you feel most inspired?