I always enjoyed writing but I never really classified myself as a “writer” and some days I still don’t. I’ve been writing this blog for the last 3 ½ years and have loved every step through this journey. This blog has helped me through some of the best times, some of the worst times and some very in-between times. I’m not sure it gets much better than that.
It’s given me an outlet to share my life, to record my thoughts and to really find my love for writing. Some days, I wish I could do nothing more than write. That’s kind of a cool feeling.
So when my good friend, Justine, asked if I’d participate in a writing blog hop with her, of course I said yes! I think it will be particularly interesting to compare my answers to that of some of my other blogging friends – so thank you Justine for providing me this opportunity – let’s get down to it…
1. What am I working on/writing?
The majority of my writing is for the blog with a few freelance pieces that I’ve acquired because of writing this blog. (I could not be more grateful for those opportunities!) Right now I’m working on a piece through my partnership with the Clever Girls and I’m really excited about it. I don’t want to give anything away just yet but it’s bound to be a good one! Aside from that, I’ve got some ideas brewing in the back of my mind but I’m not giving anything away just yet… 😉
2. How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre?
Because I have such a wide array of interests, I don’t really fit into one specific genre (at least I don’t think so!). By combining my love for health, fitness, music and life into one, I think I’ve created my own little space to share my journey with something that everyone can relate to.
3. Why do I write what I do?
Because I love it. I mean quite honestly, is there any other reason?
When ideas spark me that are outside my usual “realm” of writing, I do my research but they always stem from a point of inspiration. Sometimes that inspiration is a personal experience, a conversation with a friend or a dream that I had the night before.
4. How does my writing process work?
I have a list of topics that I’m constantly adding, changing and taking away as ideas spark. That’s always step one for me and I think helps keep the “writer’s block” from coming around my corner too often. I’m very thankful for that.
From there, I’m usually able to just start writing. Whether it be at home on the couch or at my favorite coffee shop spot, I can often just open a word document on my computer and start writing and typing away. Some days that’s definitely easier said than done, but I don’t often find the need to take too much longer before getting started. I think this is where having my list of topics comes into play…I’m able to develop those ideas as they come to my mind, long before I actually sit down to write.
I really do consider myself lucky when it comes to my writing process. I hope I didn’t just jinx myself. 😉
Now, let’s see who else is joining in on this blog hop!
Justine Taormino is an INFJ and a Pisces with moon in Scorpio – dualities, emotions and intuition are her jam. Warm, empathetic and resourceful, Justine worships the world through feelings and deep conversation. She is interested in experiences – how people anticipate, dream of, live through, enjoy and reflect on their daily lives. In 2010, after struggling with years of anxiety, pressure and whole lot of “shoulds,” she got herself a therapist. This is also when she began her blog, Allowing Myself, adopted a dog, bought a beach cruiser and began falling in love with her “one precious life.” She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and best-dog-ever Carter Cash. The most recent quote to break her heart is by Ram Dass: “We’re all just walking each other home.” You can find her on Instagram @jtaormino21 and Twitter @jtaormino.
Hi there. I’m Calee (pronounced CAL-e). If that’s too hard, just call me Cal. I also respond to Chimes. I’m a gal hanging onto the last bit of my 20s as I venture into a graduate degree in graphic design, whilst balancing a career, a long-distance relationship, and a million hobbies and trades.
Meghan has a Bachelor of Science degree with Specialization in Food & Nutrition and is currently studying to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. She is passionate about healthy living, which includes eating real food, lifting weights, and, overall, just being happy! Meg loves spreading her positivity onto others and also enjoys helping others recognize their awesomeness, so she hosts High Five Friday on her blog, A Dash of Meg, every week, which celebrates the successes and achievements of all who join in!
Amanda DeWitt is the blogger behind Diary of a Semi-Health Nut where she shares her realistic perspectives on food, fitness and life. She is also a writer for Lifehack + Creation Based Health, an avid picture-taker, semi-healthy baker, PB addict, nutrition nerd, NASM certified personal trainer, jogger, twin cities transplant from Nebraska, God lover and student of life. Connect with this social media addict via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, andDailymile.
What have YOU been writing lately?