I’ve been tagged! Chrissy did a post on her writing process and tagged me to talk about mine. I’m happy to oblige. Let’s hop to it!
What are you working on right now?
I usually have several blog posts that I’m working on at one time. I’m pretty excited about a series I’m writing for my professional blog about research and grad school. I’m also working on a post for this blog about my one-year trial period for full-time freelancing.
How does your work differ from others in its genre?
I’m not sure that it does, other than that it’s my voice and my experiences that shape my writing. I’m a blogger who hopes to some day write a book or five. Blogging has given me a regular writing practice, and that has kept me excited about writing and life. Through blogging, I’ve also gained a lot of knowledge about social media and marketing, which I’m using to establish my tutoring business. (OMG, I’m on Twitter now as a professional. Heaven help me! My Twitter feed is science, learning, and fun. I take that last part seriously.)
Why do you write what you do?
Really, I write because I need to sort things out. Writing provides me a kind of clarity that is otherwise missing from my life. And writing surprises me, all the time—I find myself saying things that I didn’t know were true until I wrote them. It’s magical to me, and it keeps me coming back for more.
I especially like blogging because it asks us to get to the point, to the heart of the matter. I’m kind of a wanderer by nature; it’s amazing that I’m also a scientist because I wouldn’t think those two passions would fit together. But I genuinely love exploration, whether it’s out there in the world as a traveler or as a curious person with intellectual leanings. I’m a scholar because I just love learning.
How does your writing process work?
I wish I had a real “process!” I come up with blog post ideas all the time and try to write them down. One idea that’s posted on my wall right now is “The Purity of Learning,” in which I’d like to figure out what I think about the claim that today’s college students are not interested in learning for the sake of learning.
After I come up with an idea that I like, I’ll think about it for a while. Sometimes I do some research. Finally, I write whenever I can find the time. I hate writing when I’m tired and generally avoid that; it’s one reason why I’m not a more prolific blogger. (Sleep > Blogging.) I’ll work on a piece until I’m satisfied, and then I publish it and let it go. I tend not to get too caught up in “writer’s ego” in which I worry that my writing isn’t good enough to be read—I don’t write to prove anything to anyone. I write to figure it out for myself, and if my work resonates with another person, awesome! I live in hope that it does, but it’s impossible for me to know the true impact of my actions on other people. I just try to do the best I can on any given day.
* * *
Happy writing, friends!