Virtual Blog Tour: My Writing Process

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

As the child of two artists, and  lover of art in all capacities, I am always extremely interested in hearing about the process behind the artists' work, especially writers. So when Morgan of The True Life of KMK tagged me to participate in this blog tour, I was extremely excited, and incredibly grateful! Some of my favorite blogger-friends have written posts as part of this tag, so I'm really excited to share my writing process with you all too. :)

1. What am I working on? 
All the things.

Just kidding. I feel like I'm working on a lot of different things at the moment, and I'm having a hard time keeping track of it all. For this blog, I'm just making sure I keep creating interesting content about my life in France. I really don't want to make a post just summarizing the things I did in France. I'm also working on posts for the API Study Abroad Blog, and the University of Denver Study Abroad Blog. Plus I have homework, NBD.

2. How does my work differ from others of its type/genre? 

Every blog is different, because we all have different things to say and different stories to tell. I have different interests from other lifestyle bloggers, therefore my blog and my work is different than others. I like to write about my inspirations, interesting stories, cool people or things I encounter, etc. I have written about objects I like, reviews of products, etc. but I tend to stick to the less concrete stuff, and more abstract stuff. Also, museums. That's a big deal. 

3. Why do you write what you do? 

Because it's part of my story. I've written about this before, but I'm a history major and thus believe in the power of sharing stories. When I blog, that's what I do. I write the pieces of my story, and hopefully by the time I'm finished with my blog (hopefully not for a while!) I will have a record of part of my life story. I write about my life, I share my story, and I encourage others to share theirs. It's really that simple.

4. How does my writing process work? 
First and foremost, I have to have an idea for my post. I have a little notebook that I like to think I keep all my blog ideas in... but they are actually all over the place. I have sticky notes in my planner with ideas, various ideas scribbled in the margins of my journal, in a random note in Evernote where I have a lot of ideas for titles of posts, or ideas for post graphics, etc. After I come up with the initial idea, I usually write the beginning and the end. That helps me make sure that I don't rant too much, and don't get off topic too much. Then I fill it in. Sometimes, if I'm having a hard time with the structure of a post, I will outline it, but for the most part all the work happens in either a blogger post, or in a googledoc. Then I will leave it for a little bit, come back and edit it. Sometimes, I have a friend or my dad read a post before I publish it... but most of the time it's just me, my brain, and a thesaurus.

After I have the post written, I make the post graphic or choose the pictures to put with the post. I use Canva and Picmonkey to edit my photos, and to add quotes/text to them to make the graphics. This usually happens after I have the post written, but sometimes a post will be inspired by a particular picture or graphic, so it just depends.

Then I hit publish and hope for the best! Just kidding... I share it with my family and friends first (via Facebook usually), then with my blogging networks.

My Nominees:

Noor, of Noor's Place

Noor is one of the most inspirational bloggers I've had the chance to get to know through the Her Campus Blogger Network. I'm always inspired by her poetry, photos, and very honest telling of her life. 

Paulina, of Color Me Brave
I met Paulina through the Blog Life Chose Me group (check out the banner on my sidebar!) and absolutely fell in love with her blog. She is great at blogging, and social media, and I would love to learn a little bit about how she works! 

Lisa, of Adventures of a Dream Catcher
I also got to read Adventures of a Dream Catcher through Blog Life Chose Me, and it was still Améliorer La Vie! Lisa is a wonderful writer and storyteller, and I know that we would be friends IRL too. 

What's your process? How do you like to write? Let me know in the comments! 

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