This is my first time taking part in a blog hop! On writing process, no less. Thanks Melanie, for the tag!
Mel is a friend from my uni days, mum to an adorable little boy, and author of the book Imaginary Friends, which I reviewed earlier this month. (If you haven’t got a copy of her book, you should.) What I love about Mel is her smile, her quirky dress sense, the retro vibe she brings everywhere she goes (in the best way, ok), and her joyful nature. I admire her indomitable courage and resilience, in the face of all that life has brought her way. And I am so thankful to have connected up with her again, all these years after we left school. 🙂
So, on to the questions I’m supposed to answer:
What am I working on?
In terms of my writing assignments, I’m finishing up a couple of June holiday articles for The New Age Parents. On the blog, I’m working on a mini series for Fathers’ Day, collating stories from various ones and editing those, as well as writing a couple of related pieces of my own.
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
Let’s talk about the writing on my blog. Actually, when it comes to a blog – any blog – it’s really about the personality of the author coming out through his/her words. So, in that sense, every blog is special. Each one’s life is different, each one’s journey is unique. Which is why I have a long list of blogs I enjoy following. My blog (and my writing), I believe, shows evidence of my love for words. I love to make things sound poetic, although I must confess I don’t always succeed. I tend to wax philosophical on some pet subjects.
Why do I write what I do?
I started this blog out of a desire to share the real-life ups and downs of a SAHM/wife/believer of God. I felt that too many around me had misconceptions about what it’s like to be in all those roles, and wanted to share what my own experience has been like. In all my writing, my aim is twofold – to be authentic, and to inspire others. Every word is a chance to create something life-worthy.
How does my writing process work?
For my blog, I have a mix of pre-planned and spontaneous posts. The former are those like my Fathers series which is coming up, and the Motherhood Memories one which just ended. I pray and think about what I want those series to look like a couple of weeks in advance, then email various ones to invite them to contribute to the series. Once their stories come in, I do some basic editing, then let them vett the final post before it goes live.
Quite often, I will have an idea for a post out of the blue! If it’s still early in the day, I would normally try to write a post around that thought on the same day itself. If not, I just start a draft with the topic, and add in content over the next couple of days, shaping it as I go. I don’t believe in keeping more than 2 drafts going at any one time, because I know I can be quite a procrastinator if I don’t get to work on something NOW. If it’s important enough that I want to blog about it, I will find the time to make it happen. If I don’t have time, then I toss that idea aside. Well, that’s just how I work. 🙂
Alrighty, that’s all from me! Do drop by to visit these other awesome blogger mums who are also doing a post as part of this blog tour today 🙂
And now, I’m supposed to tag three or more friends to join in this blog hop for next week (i.e. Monday, 2 June), but unfortunately, everyone’s been a bit tied up with holiday preparations and plans! So I’ve just got two mummy blogger friends for you to link up to, whose blogs I myself love to read. Do be sure to drop by their blogs, and enjoy what they have to share!
Sharie is one gutsy mama who enjoys nature and the outdoors with her family. As an educator who loves to write and try new experiences, her working experiences include being a radio producer in Mediacorp, a freelance columnist in MyPaper, and a freelance translator in Chinese and English. This mum of two balances strict parenting with trips to explore local parks and museums. Her honest accounts of parenting adventures is sure to strike a chord with all parents.
Michelle is a yummy mummy of six! The 5 older kids are all 2 years apart, aged 7-15 years old. Kate, the baby of the family is 1. Somehow, the amazing mum still manages to blog very regularly and still oversee the affairs of the home. She just came back from a fortnight in the US, where she enjoyed a much anticipated break and time of reflection. (Read more on her blog) Her kids occasionally contribute some posts, recipes, and craft ideas on the blog as well.