I was delighted to be asked by Corbin Lewars to join this blog hop. I love to be asked to do things, I love writing and Corbin is pretty darn awesome, so I said, “yes”. The idea behind a blog hop is to expose readers to new writers they may not know about and to chat about their writing life. Writers can be private about our writing lives, but we love to be asked about it. (We just may not always answer.)
Corbin Lewars M.Ed., is an inspiration to many as a developmental editor and writing coach based in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. She is the author of Losing Him, Gaining You: Divorce as Opportunity and the Washington State Book Award and PNBS nominee Creating a Life: The Memoir of a Writer and Mom in the Making. Her essays have been featured in over twenty-five publications including Mothering, Hip Mama and several writing anthologies. She blogs regularly at http://blog.seattlepi.com/singlewritermama/.
My Writing Life
Thinking about my writing life in the form of these particular questions below this week wasn’t a stretch for me because thoughts of writing are always ever present on my mind. A big part of my writing life exists off the page and in my daily actions, thoughts and active imagination.
What am I currently working on?
My first book that I have been “working” on since 2009 is my current project, ever on my mind, living and breathing it. Mama Needs A Refill: Finding Light in the Madness of Motherhood came to me while pulling on my pants one morning. The spark of an idea began as a retreat business, Mama Needs A Refill, then morphed into a blog and as I continue to labor on my book, I find this a lot more painful, time consuming and messy then giving birth to my two children. It is a process and I am learning to delight in all the steps along the way.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My non-fiction work is interactive in that I ask reflective questions of the reader so that they can consider how to authentically refill their own cup.
Why do I write what I do?
I write what comes up in my heart and what comes up in my heart must come out. Or it will die inside of me. The words come, the thoughts stir around in my brain and I feel like it is just as vital to me as air and water. When the things I write get a positive response even from just one blog reader, one person I run into at the grocery store, one stranger’s comment, I am encouraged and inspired to keep at it. I am told that my words help on a dark day, encourage during a rough patch and that is fuel to my fire. And even if that one reader is silent and doesn’t share their inspiration from my words, I write what I do because it feeds my soul and ignites my own fire.
How does your writing process work?
Driving down the highway, taking a shower, walking the dog, washing the dishes a thought will be conceived out of nowhere and I will jot it down. Then early in the morning or sometime in the afternoon I take that conceived thought and birth it on the blank page of my lap top. I feel like a big part of my writing process has nothing to do with sitting down and writing. I feel it, live it, breathe it and then it lands on the page.
Every Monday I sit infront of a blank screen and go within, asking, “What needs to be spoken today” and that is the quick birth of my Monday blog. Every Thursday I spend time with my writing partner Sonya Elliott and that is when my Friday Blog is born. But different from Monday’s blog, I have been usually thinking about what I want to say on Friday earlier in the week. I refer to notes hand scribbled in my notebook and go from there. I read this blog out loud to Sonya, open to feed back and before publishing it on Friday I may rewrite a bit here and there working it until it feels right.
Lots of my blog material is ground work for my current book so I am ever grateful for the creation of blogs. I see them as the place seeds are planted.
Check out two writers/bloggers whose work I admire and whose words inspire me:
JENNIE LOCATI started her blog, WysWords as a creative way to share her experiences as a woman, wife, mother, and friend. Her diverse life experiences have taken her to Kenya as a Peace Corps volunteer, through the halls of Microsoft, the trading floors of Wall Street, and most recently back to the world of Global Public Health with PATH, one of the most respected non-profits in the world. Jennie shares her many misadventures, occasional insights, and unique perspectives in a voice that is self-deprecating, honest, and wry. Read her wisdom at, http://www.wyswords.com.
SONYA ELLIOTT is a writer, basketball coach, fashion model, wife and mom. Her memoir, Back on the Court: A Young Woman’s Triumphant Return to Life, Love and Basketball, is her story of surviving and thriving after tragedy. Sonya blogs about writing, basketball and life at http://www.sonyaelliott.com and is currently working on a young adult novel and a book about coaching basketball. She also designed PeaceLoveBasketball gear (www.peacelovebasketball.com) to share her love of the game and love of life.
I also know Sonya loves tea. Every Thursday for the past seven years Sonya and I meet religiously to write. We make our pot of tea and fill our blank pages. This accountability partnership supports our writing passion as we inspire and encourage one another. For isn’t that what life is about, reaching out and touching another? And that is the fuel to a writer’s soul, being touched by words. Words that come from another which plant seeds that birth our own stories.
Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. She is also a co-facilitator at Seattle Life Coach Training (www.seattlelifecoachtraining.com) You can find her on FaceBook, http://www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit her website: http://www.mamaneedsarefill.com