In January I joined a group called The Influence Network. I love the way that the Influence site describes what it is:
THE INFLUENCE NETWORK is for creatively minded women, who are looking for an uplifting community where they can be encouraged and also resourced to make their online lives MEAN SOMETHING.
Through Influence I’ve been able to join a community group of other writers who are Christian woman looking to grow our craft and use it for good in the world. One of my new online blog friends, Charity, invited us to participate in a blog tour. She sent some questions for us to answer and then we were to find a few other bloggers to invite to join! Here are my responses to her questions!
1. What am I working on?
Most simply, I’m hoping to survive the month of August which is one of the craziest times for people in my line of full-time, pay-the-bills work. It is a great month because I love the start of the school year but it’s a very busy one.
I’m also in this weird process of figuring out what it means to consider myself a writer. I enjoy it and have done it haphazardly over the years, but I feel like it keeps bubbling over the surface of my heart begging for more attention than I can easily, haphazardly give. I’ve been playing with some pieces of what might someday be a book that feels more like taking my heart and putting it on a table than I’m comfortable with. I’ve been saying yes to opportunities to write (like writing devotionals here). I’ve been trying to cultivate community of other writers through Influence and some connections here in SC.
2. How does my work differ from others of my genre?
My gut, instinctual answer to this is that my story is different and unique. My view point, beliefs and path have been different than anyone else’s. This feels like a cheesy answer because I personally believe that’s true of everyone. I believe God made me with a gift for a reason. I’m still figuring out why and how it’s different.
3. Why do I write what I do?
The story I tell is one for women and young people (anyone is welcome to read, they are just who I write to). It is an offer of freedom and grace to those who are where I have been. To tell the story of what I have seen and heard through Christ’s redemptive work in me and my life.
4. How does your writing/creating process work?
Ideal World: I wake up early every morning and walk my dog with a cup of coffee. Maybe go for a run. Then I spend some time with my Bible and journal over breakfast and more coffee. Reading the Bible always leads to writing inspiration to me. So I would write a bit- either in my journal or elsewhere. Sometimes it gets posted, most of the time not.
Real World: I never wake up on time so I’m rushed to down a bite of gluten free toast on my way out the door. Hair still mostly wet because it takes all of at least 45 minutes to fully blow-dry (the HR department just added a clause in our employee handbook about coming to work with wet hair. I really, really, really hope that’s not about me. I still don’t dry it all the way, but I feel far more insecure about it! In fairness the part that is wet is in the middle/bottom so no one can tell!) Inspiration strikes haphazardly at 9-11 p.m. I stay up late writing. Go to bed late. Wake up late.
I gotta get off the real world cycle into the ideal world one if I ever want to be a serious writer.
Meet Some New Friends
Next Sunday two bloggers I invited will be continuing the tour on their own sites! These two are members of the Dreamers & Builders Writer Group (formerly the Start Experiment) which is another place I’ve found wisdom and encouragement in growing as a writer. I hope you’ll check out what they have to say next week!
Judith Heaney is a New England girl with a southern heart now living in North Carolina. She is a mama, wife, believer and writer who weaves together words and stories. Her story includes a transparency and faith on her blog as well as creative writing in the form of novels, many directed at young adults. She is currently working on a story, The Dream Quest, the story about a young man named Daniel who embarks on an incredible quest based on a series of dreams he has involving people he’s never met; she posts a new chapter on her blog each Wednesday.
Scott Friend describes himself like this: I’m extremely passionate about training up other leaders to be very intentional with the relationships that they build, regardless of what industry they are in. I run a website called “The Business of Relationships” that is about promoting what really matters in business: personal relationships. He’s also a new dad of a little girl!