My Writing Process

When I was away in wonderful Borneo, Vlad from Eff It, I’m On Holiday messaged me over Facebook (yes, we’re FB buddies too *yay*) to say that he picked me to blog about my writing process. My initial reaction was “Aww, that’s so sweet of him to pick me” followed swiftly by “Oh no! How much of my nap time should I factor into this process?”

Before I proceed any further, I shall omit said nap times. Just to shamelessly make me seem super efficient.

In all seriousness, it is always interesting to see how bloggers go through their “I am blogging a new post” phase. Like all writers/bloggers of the world, we have our own methods and moments of inspiration. And then there is the personality aspect of it too which is where it can turn into something completely unique.

Now, before I decide to take another nap (darnit!), let’s see how I go about writing my blog post.

What Am I Working On?

Besides this piece, I am also editing a guest post (coming up next week) and working on some topic ideas. Just like Vlad, I have visited a number of places, especially around South East Asia and I will be focusing on those in the coming months. As the year winds down, it would be good to also reflect on this year of travel. On a side note, I wish I had travelled more. But I am sure I would rectify that as soon as the year 2015 rolls in.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Well, for one, I don’t write just about travel. I try to instil my experiences of yoga, change, self-reflection, love for a city and music even. It’s best for me to not limit my writing to travelling alone as there are so many great travel blogs out there dedicated to this genre that there is no way I could ever compete with their awesomeness. So, I decided to incorporate things I generally love with my greatest love – travel.

Why do I write what I do?

Without trying to sound like Oprah, I would like to inspire people. To inspire them to do what they are passionate about, to see things they would probably never see, to allow themselves to feel a sense of adventure in their lives and most importantly, to believe that they too can one day experience the world for themselves. Seems like a tall order, I know. But if I could inspire just one person, I would be the happiest girl ever.

How does my writing process work?

writing_process_deskMy “Inception” moment! I wish I had such a cute writer.

My ideas tend to come when I least expect it – I could be out and about buying my umpteenth cup of coffee, tossing and turning in bed or I may be trying to understand the physics behind Interstellar (I wish I paid attention in school now).

So, I make sure I keep my trusty ol’ red notebook in my bag at all times. I revisit these ideas from time to time and pick one that I think and feel I can turn into a blog post. I tend to write a rough draft in my notebook as well. I know, I know. This is rather old fashioned of me, but hey, I like it and it works for me.

Once I’m happy with my draft, I take it to my shiny and (rather) new Macbook Pro and type out a post proper. I try to make it work with existing photos as well. And when that doesn’t happen? Well, there’s the wonderful world of Google images and I’ll just have my pick (with necessary caution, of course).

writing_process_phoneBesides naps, I get distracted by Twitter rather easily. Tsk.

I usually give my post a rest for a day or two before I return to edit. It tends to give me a clearer picture of what I intend to say and how I want to say it. Things can get a little muddled at times, so it’s always good to take a step back and review what I’ve written at a later time.

And once I am happy with the words and photos, I hit the “Publish” button and send it out into the blogosphere; like a mother sending her child off to their first day of school. Awww. Actually, it’s more like “YES! I can finally nap now!”

Alright then. As I am supposed to pass this on to some other bloggers, here are a few of them whom I love for various reasons. I can’t wait to hear how they go about their writing process.

Pamela from Pam Goes Travelling : Pam is such a bubbly character and someone who writes from her heart. I admire her sense of adventure, zest for life and taste in football clubs (YNWA, Pam!). Also, she is one awesome person.

G. Maria from Travel with G : I am not sure who followed whom first, but I somehow connected with G and now I can’t stop reading her blog. I love how she writes and how her words take me on a journey to all those amazing places she’s been to. Oh, and she loves food. Win!

Ashlea from A Globe Well Travelled : Aside from having such a wonderful looking website, Ashlea writes pretty darn well. I simply love her photos and how she breaks things down easily for those reading her posts. She has one of my favourite travel blogs around. Hands down!

Take it away, ladies :)

Note : A BIG thank you to Vlad for always being nice to me and reading my posts. I owe him many glasses of wine/champagne in Iceland one day.

8 Comment

  1. I’m sorry I disrupted your nap time, but what a great post! It was nice to find out about your writing process and see my dog is becoming an internet star! :D

    I love reading your posts and you inspire me every time, so keep doing what you’re best at. Writing I mean, not napping. Although I did my share of traveling this year, I still wish I took more trips. I need to learn to budget better to afford more short trips. Also, I have an Iceland-idea I must tell you on Facebook. ;)

    PS: Don’t worry, Interstellar was mostly fiction :D

    1. Thanks for the kind words and thinking about my nap time, Vlad. Haha. And I love your dog. Too cute! :)

  2. It was pretty interesting to learn more about your writing process, and I don’t know why but I already imagined you like this :)

    1. Thank you so much, Lily. Appreciate you stopping by. Love the name of your site ;)

  3. Hi :) I started reading your post right away when I saw the title because I love writing – and I especially love reading about people writing. I was nodding my head up and down in agreement to what I was reading when… surprise! I see my name! Ha, ha. I wasn’t expecting it! I’m honored you like reading what I write and the feeling is mutual! This looks like fun, so I’ll give it a try in the next few days.

    Now, on to your post… I agree with you 100% about writing to inspire others. Not only is writing rewarding, personally, but when you inspire others – well, that’s just the icing on the cake.

    Really enjoyed reading this :)

    And thanks for your kind words, Kavitha!

    Cheers,
    G.

    1. Thank you too for the kinds words, G. I, for one, cannot wait for your post. Have a great weekend :)

  4. ashleawheeler says: Reply

    Your writing process is extremely similar to mine, except I use a to-do list app instead of a physical notebook ;) Thanks so much for the mention Kavitha, I’m really flattered that you enjoy reading my blog!

    1. Ashlea, I really should try out a to-do list app for myself at some point. My notebook looks like it could use a break :p

      And you’re most welcome. Looking forward to your post :)

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