I was invited to participate in a writing process tour where I write about… writing. Much thanks to Dabney Hedegard— the amazing author of “When God Intervenes” for inviting me to the tour. The point of this tour (that was conceived by someone far more ambitious than me!) is to allow a bunch of overly wordy authors to write more than they already do and in the process maybe share a tiny glimmer of what the writer’s life is like. So here goes:
1.What are you working on right now?
A lot of things. I don’t think I’ve ever been just working on one thing… so here’s the list:
– I’m working on 12 devotions for Daily Guideposts 2016 (yes, they work ahead). I do them every year and it’s one of my favorite projects– writing the pieces gives me time to reflect, to think, to pray and to grow.
– I’m working on finishing up a book with my mom called “Free to Parent”– it’s about the common discipline traps that parents fall into and how to focus on your kids’ heart instead of on just rote reward-and-consequence discipline. I’m REALLY excited about it– the book is a little provocative and a little different than your normal good old-fashioned Christian discipline book, but I think that’s a good thing. It will release in June.
– I’m finishing up a short story for Guidepost’s Thin Places compilation.
– I’m editing a novel I wrote during NaNo in November (That’s National Novel Writing Month, for those who don’t know). I’m not really a novelist so the book will probably never see the light of day but it’s been a fun exercise in learning the ins and outs of a new genre.
2) How does your work differ from others of its genre?
Wellll…. I think a lot of parenting books like to follow a prescribed set of rules and formulas and I want to break free of that. I want to see my kids for the unique, wonderful, bright and inquisitive people that God created and never allow them to be boxed in to a mold. I hope my writing reflects that.
3) Why do you write what you do?
I just love to write. And I love my kids. And I often wake up with words on my mind and can’t wait to get to my laptop to bring them to life.
4) How does your writing process work?
I don’t really have a process… is that bad? I just write. I sit down and write write write and then eventually go back and edit and try to make sense of what I wrote.
One thing I do is I set my timer as I skip from projects so I don’t get worn out on one. So, for example, this morning, I set my timer for 30 minutes and worked on Daily Guideposts. Then I took a ten minute break. Then I set my timer for 30 more minutes and worked on editing my novel. Another break. Then 30 more minutes to work on the discipline book… anyway, you get the picture. It helps me to keep focused on what I’m focused on.