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?
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).
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.