Ok...now on to the questions....
1. What am I working on now?
I am currently working on a memoir detailing my food/eating issues. It's tentatively entitled,
Disordered, as that most aptly describes how I've been dealing with food for the past 20 years...
in a very disordered manner. I'm also working on an excerpt of the memoir for an essay contest,
a short story about two sisters and occasionally, I pull out my novel that I've been working on
since 2007. :o/
2. How is my writing different from others of the same genre?
Hmm...this is a tough one. I've flipped through several memoirs while I've been working on my
own, and I can't really say how mine is different except that it's MY story. I'm trying to be gut-
wrenchingly honest about how I've eaten and hidden my disorder from friends and loved ones, but
I would bet other food memoirists would say that they, too, were gut wrenchingly honest when
they wrote their stories. I think that food/eating/body image issues are kind of a hot topic right
now, so I'm hoping to tap into momentum. I don't always like to read the genre in which I'm
currently working because I don't want to be too heavily influenced by what I read, so to be
honest, I have tried to steer clear of memoir in the past year or so.
3. Why do I write what I do?
How long have you got? I'm writing the memoir because I want to reach others in a way that
makes them feel less alone in the world. I want my readers to say, "I love how she describes this"
or, "I feel exactly the same way!" I want to connect with others who may be dealing with similar
issues, and I want to convey what I'm feeling and experiencing in a way that tells my reader I
empathize with her/him and I get it. I write creatively (fiction and short stories) to work through
issues and emotional matters I find interesting. We've all experienced anger, resentment, jealousy,
loss and yes, happiness, and I like to delve into those issues and get my characters to work through
things maybe in ways I never have in my own personal life. Basically, I write to connect with
people and to put things into words in ways others cannot.
4. How does your writing process work?
When I get an idea for a story I write it down immediately. I'll then think about the characters and
begin to form pictures of them in my mind...what they look like, what they enjoy in life, what they
despise in life, etc. I used to write off-the-cuff and just allow things to come to me, but as I've
progressed I've found that outlining is my friend. I'm a first born child and I still get pleasure from
having an "assignment" that I have to complete in order to get my gold star, figurative though it
may be. So I make a general outline of my story and go from there. With my memoir, I've just
been writing scenes or vignettes and submitting them to my writer's group. That has been working
well for me. For example, I have a notebook and many things written like, "the time I realized I
was the largest woman in the room." I know exactly what I'm referring to, so I go back and write
that scene. I've compiled these scenes and I'm up to page 100 right now.
Thanks again to Amy Reade for inviting me along on this journey! I don't have anyone to tag right now, but I'm going to reach out to some of my blog/writer friends and see if they would like to be "tagged." Please check back and see if I've tagged anyone so you can check them out. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!