Does everyone have their tickets, water bottles, and unnecessary safari hats and pants-that-zip-off-at-the-knees? Great! Because this is the next stop on the MY WRITING PROCESS Blog Tour that is making its way around the vast and wild tundras of the great world wide web. Thank you to the rap star (not rock star, rap star) and sweet friend author Courtney Maum (“I’m Having So Much Fun Here Without You“) who asked me to participate in this wonderful tour. Next up/next week, we’ll have Allison Devers (Writers Houses), Heidi Sistare, and Kassi Underwood. Also known as three of my favorites.
1) What are you working on?
As of three days ago, I officially started a new nonfiction book project about Spiritualism in Maine and the women of Camp Etna. These two are subjects that blow my mind, with historical ties to the Women’s Suffrage and the Abolitionist movements. Clairvoyants among pine trees? It doesn’t get much better than that. And talk about women’s intuition. Spiritualism is the epitome of it.
2) How does your work differ from others of its genre?
It differs because it has my perspective, which is heavily influenced by the accumulation of all my experiences.
3) Why do you write what you do?
Because it helps me figure out my place in the world, or make connections to reveal some kind of truth. And maybe this will help others figure out theirs.
4) How does your writing process work?
Since becoming a new mom I have to tread water–hold onto my ideas and inspirations until I have a second to myself to craft something that’s worthy of being shared. But I think good writing comes from clarity and a deep understanding, from sitting and letting things reveal themselves to you. I think good writing, or my best writing, comes from just patience with the story. Let the dots connect and let the rest fall off. That will make the story good and timeless. So I do a lot of research and meditating on the “ingredients”, and then I start sculpting. My words become a big hunk of clay on the screen and I slowly (or sometimes quickly) carve things out. I also listen to my body language. If something doesn’t work, I can tell because it just doesn’t feel right. I think the act of writing is more than just putting things on the page. Writing can be found everything I do, in sleeping and in brushing my teeth and in reading other people’s books, even in watching The Bachelorette. I think clues to the story I’m writing are everywhere.