Thanks to Erin McCole-Cupp for inviting me to participate in this fun blog tour. Consider it a peek inside the mind of a writer, if you will. I’m considering it a kick in the pants from a dear friend to get writing again! (potayto, potahto…)
Erin is a fantastic author of several Catholic fiction novels that have real depth, complex characters, and compelling plots. (Can you tell I’m a fan?) She’s also the author of two blogs that I read regularly: Will Write For Tomato Pie, her blog about her novel Don’t You Forget About Me, and Mrs. Mackerelsnapper, her cooking blog about Meatless Fridays NOT just during Lent. This lady is amazing. You should TOTALLY check out her work.
Without further ado…My Writing Process!
I working on?
does my work differ from others of its genre?
I write what I do?
I want Catholics to get excited about their faith! It’s too amazing not to share. I know not everyone is as enthusiastic as me but this is great stuff. Get excited!
does your writing process work?
Poorly most of the time but when I do write it’s mostly in stolen moments here and there. Luckily (or unluckily depending on your perspective), my kids are involved in things that require me to drive them places and then wait for them. So, while I wait, I write.
Usually my process involves getting an idea, typing it up before I forget it, and throwing something haphazard together before I edit it to death. I believe wholeheartedly in the phrase “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” In the past my tendency to be perfect has immobilized me. So, now I think “crappy first draft” when I start writing and “get it 80% done and move forward.” Otherwise, I will never move on to the next thing. Once you give up on perfection, you become a lot more productive (& relaxed!)
So, that’s enough about me. Now it’s time to talk about some other amazing authors. Unfortunately, the authors I asked to participate are so good that they’re too busy writing to write about their writing! So I’m going to give you some links to check out a couple of writers that I like (in addition to Erin, of course).
Paula Huston– author of Simplifying the Soul-Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit and a LOT of other books
Paula is an inspiration to me because she seeks simplicity in order to bring her closer to God. I seek simplicity too but she actually accomplishes it!
Jared Zimmerer– author of The Ten Commandments of Lifting Weights and Man Up!
I’ve recently become acquainted with Jared through our parish and some old Catholic school connections. He’s a dynamic man who is alive in his faith. While his writing is intended mostly for a male audience, I think it’s beneficial for anyone.
Hallie Lord– author of Style, Sex and Substance: 10 Catholic Women Consider the Things That Really Matter
Hallie is to Catholic Women what Jared is to Catholic men: she is the epitome of a girly-girl with the faith of a ChurchFather. She seamlessly combines her feminity and her faith all the while keeping her sense of fun and playfulness. Reading her work keeps me on track in my faith and also keeps me from getting too serious. Love this lady!