On Writing

writing-ppcI am passionate about writing. I’ve loved writing from a young age. I still have my handwritten attempts at writing a Nancy Drew novel as well as my attempt at a Star Trek novel. However, today I write non-fiction along with an occasional poem. I’m the girl who loved essay assignments in college. I signed up for every writing intensive course I could find. I was often disappointed that the classes were not challenging enough. I wanted to be pushed to grow in skill and technique. Read more

My Writing Process

Writing-writing-29931875-1366-768Literally anything can be the spark that ignites into a composition. However, it is seldom one spark, but a whole train of thoughts and experiences that coalesce into an idea. The idea bounces around in my thoughts for a while. It grows as I consider the concept. It accompanies me as I read, think, and interact with others. I am always looking at what forms our way of looking at the world. Where do the ideas originate. How do I get at the core of what motivates our thinking. How do I highlight healthy thinking and expose the entrapment of errant thinking.

At some point in this process, the idea begins to formulate into something I can mold into words. It strengthens within. Often the sentences begin to form in my mind. One sentence will lead to the next on an invisible sheet of paper. I write in my head before I make it visible. Once the writing begins inside, it is begging to be made manifest. Then I write.

I begin with what I wrote on that invisible mental page, and then, from there, flows the rest. I pull on all the thoughts, experiences, and research calling it forth like a Read more