First of All…
People are always asking me about my writing process.
Do I write every day? (I don’t). What does a typical day look like for me? (You don’t want to know). Getting down to it can be difficult, but ideally, I can be disciplined when I really need to make something happen.
I write business promotions, copy for anyone who needs it, but especially, copy in the fields of art, memoir, writing, self-publishing, and health, to name a few subjects I know well.
If you’re new to this blog, you know I am also the author of three memoirs. The first was an “as told to” book that was dictated to me. The second is about twelve years trying to raise cattle in the wilds of Trinity County, CA, with no prior experience. The third is a brand new personal memoir of my early life as a young girl to my clueless entry into local (San Francisco) show business, modeling and a few less glamorous professions, such as sales clerk and switchboard operator.
I met quite a few strange and interesting people in the process.
It made for some interesting encounters. But I digress. Let me talk about my writing process, such as it is.
Consistency in Writing
I’ll admit it. I am an inconsistent writer. Oh, don’t get me wrong; when I have an assignment, I’m never late with a deadline, but when the deadline is mine (that is, one that I impose on myself), I know it can be moved, and even doing laundry can look a lot more exciting than working on my book. So many things can easily catch my attention. Life intervenes.
Ideally, I go into my office and face the computer around ten in the morning, after a brisk, 20-minute workout with Miranda Esmonde-White on public television. http://www.classicalstretch.com/(She’s a former ballerina, too, so I can relate to her combo of stretching and strengthening exercises because although she mixes ballet with Pilates, yoga and tai chi, she looks graceful whatever she is doing, and that’s an inspiration).
Writing this book was done in stages, but it is by no means chronological, sometimes veering back and forth in time depending on the memories that bubbled to the surface. If that technique gives you whiplash, perhaps this book is not for you.
As I near the age of 80 later this year, much of the past is dim. That’s why I wrote this memoir: to illuminate the dim passages in my mind and to hope to capture a few of the more memorable and sometimes funny periods of my life.
I remained an innocent throughout most of my young life, and occasionally paid the price, but, hey, I made it through World War II’s disruptions and a few skirmishes in San Francisco much later, relatively intact, and still smiling.
I hope you enjoy this peek into the past. If so, please let me know, at winecountrywriter.com, or via an Amazon review.
So that’s my process. Each writer’s process is unique. I like the words of Richard Ford:
- “Beware of writers who tell you how hard they work. (Beware of anybody who tries to tell you that.) Writing is indeed often dark and lonely, but no one really has to do it.”
But the best advice, I think, comes from William Saroyan:
- “How do you write? You write, man, you write, that’s how, and you do it the way the old English walnut tree puts forth leaf and fruit every year by the thousands. … If you practice an art faithfully, it will make you wise, and most writers can use a little wising up.”
Wise words. Find more of them here: https://www.thoughtco.com/writers-on-writing-1692856
Until next time.