Frankly, when Sheree Nielsen at http://shereenielsen.wordpress.com/ invited me to join this blog tour, I thought my plate was too full. That’s because it is! Oh, well, whatever spills over the plate and onto the floor, the chickens can eat. Wait, no chickens here. My neighbor’s dog, Gertrude, can have whatever falls off my plate.
So, um, thank you for adding me to the tour, Sheree! Our little community here LOVES pretty photos, and I know they will hop over to see the ones you and your husband take. You also have that fantastic “healing” coffee table book, Folly Beach Dances, coming out this month. I’m sure it will sell very well!
Sheree was brought to the tour by Mary Horner at http://writrteachr.blogspot.com/ , and she was brought on board by Donna Volkenannt. This is beginning to sound like that old 70’s shampoo commercial, “…and she told 2 friends, and she told 2 friends…” etc.
Okay, down to business, which is to answer four questions about my writing process. (Oh, this should be enlightening!)
1. What am I working on? A better question for me at this time, would probably be: What are you NOT working on? I am not working on my memoir series, the short “Postcards” book, nor any of the children’s poems and stories on my hard drive, that patiently await my attention. Instead, I’m dabbling in this cool blog tour, teasing my muse with the A-Z April Challenge, and reading (and commenting!) on some damn fine blogs. I’m also THINKING about writing A LOT while the dirt collects under my broken nails and sweat forms on my brow from some serious garden work.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? It may be a bit…looser than other memoirs, I have a hard time sticking to rules when it comes to writing. I write from the heart. When I write for children, I put on my silly hat (one of many—me and the late, great Dr. Seuss have that in common) and tell wild tales that also have some heart thrown in.
3. Why do I write what I do? The memoir was something my late husband and I planned while we spent a year fighting for his life. We wanted to offer some help and humor for others who would follow our path of living in hospitals and short-term housing during a health crisis. Writing for children comes from raising a couple of great ones along the way, sharing laughs with my little grands and never loosing site of my own childish side.
4. How does your writing process work? Ha ha ha ha! A writing process? I’ve been meaning to get one of those. I bet there’s an app for that! Seriously? For the memoir, and other non-fiction writing, I start with a small mind map in a notebook (very low-tech), then I make a poster-sized one that I can follow as I progress (IF I progress). Basically, I start brain-storming and circling points that I want to make in the book or article. It’s a wildly fun and fast-paced process, where one thing leads to another. Here’s a post I did on it: Mind Map.
No one likes to hear how I write most of my fiction stories, but here goes. I dream them up. Literally. I wake up with an idea, or sometimes with a whole story, and CAN NOT go back to sleep until I get it written down. I usually start in a notebook, but I’m learning to go straight to my lap top instead; transcription is so tedious!
I also use photos to prompt stories, as I did in the B & C installments of the A-Z April Challenge.
Next up on the My Writing Process Blog Tour! are three lovely writing friends, who I think you will all enjoy meeting.
S.K. Nichols at http://redclayandroses1.wordpress.com/ has been a blogging friend since I began my blog. Susan is the author of Red Clay and Roses, a fictionalized true story that blends mystery, rape, murder, drama, and forbidden love into a historical context. She has several other books in the works. Susan is also great about sharing her writing progress, writing book reviews and gathering our community together to discuss writerly issues. She is open, honest and humorous about her journey of writing and publishing.
My second choice for the blog tour is actually a mother/daughter writing team, Inion N. Mathair, at http://inionnmathair.wordpress.com/ . They have been a writing duo for the past six years and have published YA novels, The Perfect 7, Nightwalkers; The Secret of Jessup and a collection of short stories, From the Dark & Twisted Mind of Inion N. Mathair. Not only prolific writers, but Ginger and Natalie spend almost as much time promoting other writers across their social media network. They write book reviews, present writer interviews and they heavily promote and share all the beautiful, fun, sassy and witty blogs that they discover along the way.
Aside from their obvious writing talent, all three ladies are tops with supporting other writers and bloggers. Please take a few minutes and visit their sites.
Hope you enjoyed!
April 8, 2014 at 3:37 pm
I love your humor about the writing process. Writing process?…Yeah…gotta get me one of those.
OMG! I take things so seriously. I think I have fifty-eleven writing processes. I’ll pick one.
April 8, 2014 at 3:43 pm
Awesome, can’t wait to read it!
April 8, 2014 at 4:02 pm
We are honored that you would showcase us in your blog tour, Patti. Thank you so much. Loved your post. We don’t have much of a writing process either. Matter of fact, we don’t even call it a writing process, we opt for the term ‘Pretend-time’, because we prefer to lay heavy on our imagination rather than the constraints of technical writing. Mathair and I are also boggled down with a lot of multiple projects, but I once told, Carrie Rubin, that writers should be lobbying for twelve day weeks. LOL. We’ll be taking care of our post and passing on the torch to two other blogger/writers. Have a great week, sweetie. ❤
April 8, 2014 at 4:06 pm
Thank you and you are welcome. 12-day week sounds perfect! Although I’m sure we’d stuff it just as full 🙂 I look forward to your blog post, but no hurries. xo
April 8, 2014 at 4:28 pm
Love the way you write. That’s why I picked you for the tour. You rock Patti Hall.
April 8, 2014 at 4:29 pm
Wow, thank you, Sheree! I just had a little fun with it 🙂
April 8, 2014 at 4:50 pm
Congratulations and so well deserved!
April 8, 2014 at 4:57 pm
Thank you, Cindy.
April 8, 2014 at 5:55 pm
Congrats to all those showcased on this blog tour. I love hearing about the writing process of others. Recently I was asked to describe mine on memoirist Kathy Pooler’s website: http://www.krpooler.com/2014/03/17/a-memoir-writers-first-year-in-blogging-adventure-by-marian-beaman/
Is the writing process blog tour an annual event, or is this its maiden voyage–ha!
April 8, 2014 at 5:59 pm
Thank you, Marian, I will dash over and check out that post.
I tried following this blog tour to its origins, but was hours into the trail when I decided to give up. I did “meet” a lot of new (to me) blogging writers though. 🙂
April 8, 2014 at 6:09 pm
Thanks, Patti. Intriguing!
April 9, 2014 at 2:18 pm
You’re one productive lady. I feel like a mudder next to a sprinter, but we both get there just the same. I honor you and your work, Patti.
April 9, 2014 at 2:31 pm
Much love and many thanks, Elaine! I loved your dancing with your brother post! xo
April 12, 2014 at 9:07 am
Congrats on the blog tour Patti. You well-deserve it for your beautiful, honest posts and equally beautiful photos! 🙂
April 12, 2014 at 11:42 am
Thank you, Debby. I mean it — comments like this— make my day. Hope your day is going well. 🙂