Writing is a struggle against silence. ~Carlos Fuentes
I wrote these words sometime last year: I have so much to say. But it’s buried deep within. Writing is my way of bringing it to the fore. But it’s not always easy. I think the editor in my head plays a lot of games at times and prevents me from writing from my heart. I need to silence the editor and let my heart speak. I know then the words will flow – authentically and articulately. I’m struggling against silence. But I’m going to win.
I’m happy to report that I am winning. I have been writing a lot more this year. I’m grateful for all the encouragement I receive to keep at it.
What am I working on/writing?
I am mostly working on writing for my three blogs. My heart certainly lies with this blog. I’m enjoying working on some tutorials and putting my training skills to use on Write Tribe and on From 7Eight, I enjoy sharing short reviews of the fiction I read.
I’ve got an e-book in the works. It consists of short reflections – more stream of consciousness kind of writing. No, I’m not going to publish it. But I hope to offer for free to my readers here.
How does my work/writing differ from others in its genre?
I would say that my writing is unique only because it’s a reflection of me - and if I am unique, so is my writing! Sounds trite, doesn’t it? But it’s very true!
If you really want to know me, read what I write. When a ‘friend’ of some 25 odd years read my writing she said, “When did you get so deep?” Imagine, she had been meeting me so often, and she didn’t really know me until she read my writing. While I was mad with her for a while, I realised that the problem could be with me – I don’t come across as the ‘real’ me in person!
It dawned on me that my writing is a true reflection of me. It’s pretty straightforward, no-nonsense, what-you-see-is-what-you-get stuff. It’s also reflective and sometimes provocative.
Why do I write what I do?
Years ago, when I pondered the meaning of life - I still do – I thought about what success meant to me. Ralph Waldo Emerson had defined it for me already in his lovely words, some of which I quoting here:
To have accomplished a task, whether it be saving a lost soul, healing a sick child, writing a book, or risking your life for a friend…..this is the meaning of success. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
My love for words through the years hadn’t translated into writing, but whenever someone asked me about what I wanted to accomplish, I told them I wanted to publish a book. The reason – I wanted to inspire with my words, even as I have been inspired by words. Then I discovered blogging and haven’t stopped writing for 6 years now.
Today, I no longer want to publish a book – I’ve seen the whole marketing side of it and I don’t have the drive to do that.
I have decided to use my blogs as my ‘book’ and hope that they will inspire in some small way.
How does my writing process work?
When Stephanie Faris shared her writing process here, she called herself a ‘pantser’ – someone who writes by the seat of her pants! I can so identify with that. I have a hundred ideas of what I want to write about. I note them down, but I can’t flesh them out until a few minutes before my post is to go live. Before that, I’m looking for pictures, creating pinnable pictures, finding quotes, checking out that the post is SEO-friendly – all of which takes loads of time. The actual writing takes half an hour at the most! Crazy, that’s me!
That’s my writing story. What’s yours? You’re welcome to ask me questions about anything I’ve shared here.
I am now passing on these questions to three very talented bloggers, who will be posting for the Blog Hop on June 2. Let me introduce them to you:
Carrie-Anne Foster blogs at That Dizzy Chick. She writes about positive living, enhancing relationships, and inspiring/motivating others.
Carrie-Anne is currently working towards becoming a certified Life Coach with a goal of providing guidance to others in all areas of their life.
You can connect with Carrie-Anne on the following social media platforms:
Damaria Senne has spent more than 25 years working as a journalist, communications specialist, writer, editor and publisher with employers and freelance clients including government, non-profit organisations, publishers and corporates.
As an author, her writing credits include:
- I’m not a baby (children’s story; published by Macmillan India as part of that country’s 2013 reading material for Grade 3 learners).
- Waking Up Grandma (children’s story, ebook, Damaria Senne Media 2012)
- How to get quoted in the media, co-written with Christelle du Toit (non-fiction, ebook, Damaria Senne Media; 2011)
- Boitshoko (new literate adults, Heinemann South Africa; 1996; translated into 4 languages)
- The Doll That Grew (children’s story; Macmillan South Africa; 1993 and the ebook version by Damaria Senne Media; 2011)
She has also contributed to anthologies including My First Time (Anthology Contribution; book edited by Jen Thorpe. Print; Modjadji Books; 2012 and ebook; World Books; 2013) and The face of the spirit: Illuminating a century of essays by South African women, published by the Department of Arts and culture of South Africa in 2008.
She was a finalist in the 2013 Mobokodo Awards (Digital Category), a national award for Women in the Arts in South Africa.
In a previous life, she was a corporate powerhouse. She now works from home crafting connections between businesses and their target markets, but prefers to focus on collecting smiles, playing with her dust bunnies, showing her diabetes who’s boss and celebrating the little things. She loves coffee, people, cooking, reading, writing, photography and travel.