How I write..(and all that jazz!)

How I write..(and all that jazz!)

So, I find myself tagged in a Blogger’s Writing-Style chain post where I let all you lovely people know what makes me tick, and why I think people read me – and let it be said at the outset, I’m flattered – Proper.Flattered! Kerry – who nominated me, is the high priestess of Be A Mummy Blogger, with her years of experience in the writing industry and as a regular contributor to parenting and food channels on Yahoo UK , she aims to help bloggers and mumpreneurs take their blog to the next level!

For as long back as I can remember, writing has gone hand-in-hand with problem solving for me. I was one of those who kept a journal for a long, long time…way after it stopped being ‘cool’;  and no, it wasn’t one that came password protected- I grew up in the middle ages, a chimp could’ve broken my code!

I’ve had several careers that revolved around writing- I lectured at University for six years, teaching Post Graduate students European studies for a while before I went to work with an American news corporation where I did scripting and technical writing for a very long time! We became parents, we moved countries, we set up new lives and through it all, I contnued writing – contributing to journals, writing academically too, as I took on a Ph.D. It’s just something that’s underscored every stage of my life!

And then came the gift of webspace and a WordPress theme…my friends and family totally twisted my hand behind my back and got me to start The Intrepid Misadventurer, and boy, I’m glad I did..It was the choice to put down all my thoughts-  emails that I would write about certain topics to a select group of friends, movie reviews that we would share- all finding a home at one destination and it being open to anyone who wanted to stop by for a chat, share a thought, contribute… It’s as close as I can get to a “mountain cafe”!

 

 

Writing style, perspectives, blogging success, decisions, red pill blue pill

 

Okay, let’s get down to business, grab the nomination baton and run with it ;)

What are you working on?

Currently writing about How I write..(and all that jazz!) … and then I’ve got two posts in my drafts (It almost never happens!) One is about Unfinished Business, yes-  a bucket list of sorts, but with a twist  – how are you going to leave your mark? What says “you were here”? Another which is going to be a food post, and a very manly one at that!  Then I will be doing some work for the English National Opera..You’ll have to watch this space for more..

I wish I was more organized with my writing, but I’m not. Writer’s Block is my default position, much like our grey skies- but then suddenly and without warning, the light just breaks through!

How does my work differ from others in my genre?

I have always believed that we’re all more alike than we’re different and are powered, enthused, intrigued and perplexed by vastly similar things. Those “similar things” make the core of my writing. I don’t write about things I do with my children, for a lot of the times, they’re barely enthralling to me! A lot of mums out there do it better and are very inspiring…I learn from them about things to do with my 7 & 6 yr old girls. I don’t feel I’m quite there yet to be writing about our daily life..

I write about ideas and issues around parenting (introversion, birth order behaviour, raising children in a very nuclear cultural ethos – they don’t see family for years), I deconstruct trends that seem popular and appealing like our recent obsession with shelfies and all things retro. I write about music and meaningful living and I think I do it with a lighthearted approach. All my thoughts are perspectivesmy experience of life in my skin – not hard hitting truth and doesn’t call for my readers to be parents at all. There’s something there for everyone! I’m humorously snarky, for really all of us could do with taking ourselves a little less seriously – let’s leave the rabble rousing for the Tele, shall we?! :)

 

Writing style, perspectives, blogging success

Why do I write what I write?

If I knew, I’d tell you… I’m on a trajectory to being the 40 year-old in Baz Luhrmann’s “Everyone’s Free to wear Sunscreen” , of whom he says

“Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your
life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they
wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year
olds I know still don’t.”

I guess I write what I write to access a world outside of me and my immediate life. I write to comapartmentalize my intellect and creativity from my routine…after a day of being mommy, getting school work sorted, lunches packed, dishes done, meals planned and then there’s afterschool to deal with, you can feel totally disconnected with the ‘why’ of you. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade any of the above to be the queen of the world, but writing is that magnifying glass that hones in on me and what I bring into the world. I hope that as you read what I write, you nod along with that shared experience, I hope that coming across my blog is a 5 minute break where you think of something differently, or add to the conversation because you and I are on the same page, but on different lines!  I write so I’m part of something bigger than myself – It’s a manifesto of where I would like to go with my life; it’s a chronicle of where I’ve been!

 How does my writing process work?

It all starts with a foggy mist, I’m never sure of what my next post would be. Ideas come to me, and like seeds, some die and some take root.. I do a lot of research if I’m writing about something that I claim has some sort of scientific backing, if not – I go with my creative flow.

My writing process is collaborative, I write to be spoken back to. My greatest need through my writing is to reach another person, to connect- maybe it stems from when I taught literature in a classroom and it was a two-way process!  Staying relevant to people’s lives is my basic premise, and to be honest about my voice. I don’t write to be liked, or agreed with…a connection can be made on differing opinions! More than anything, my writing operates on a level playing field, you’ve invited people into your world, play nice. The best ideas fall apart in a negative space!

My writing is meant to accomplish nothing other than remind us of our connectivity as human beings – we are as diverse as we are uniform, of celebrating shared experience that makes such a measurable impact on us all; knowing that we’re not alone in what we feel! If I’ve accomplished that with any one reader, then in my own right this is a successful blog!

Thank you Kerry from Be a Mummy Blogger for nominating me and getting me thinking, I’ve enjoyed mulling over the “why” of it all :) I don’t feel like I know anyone well enough in the blogging world to nominate them, but throw the invitation open to anybody who’d like to take this conversation into their own lives and tell us what makes them tick! X

You might also enjoy reading :

Nature, Nurture and Apples falling from Trees!

Retro-Chic and the Cult of Neo-Sobriety!

www.intrepidmisadventurer.com

* The images in this post are borrowed from Daniel Simm with express permission! All the images on this site are mine unless otherwise stated and I would really appreciate if I was asked before they were liberally used elsewhere on the net! Don’t say you haven’t been warned ;)

Comments

  1. I am always fascinated by the reasons that people blog. I love visiting your wee space on the tinterweb you always provide me with food for thought. You have absolutely nailed that collaborative theme, your posts always make me want to comment. Thank you for sharing these words, I have seen a few of these posts in the last week or so and this is best I have read so far :)
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  2. Kanchan Char says:

    Thank you, thank you and thank you! That means so much to me… I am of the belief that for some odd reason, I’m either loved or abhorred-the Marmite Effect! ;P Thank you for being one the former! x

  3. A brilliantly insightful post and beautifully written as always. Can’t wait to read the bucket list post!

  4. I really enjoyed reading this post and am grateful for your honesty. I suffer from writer’s block at times. My writing is tied up with my emotions. I find blogging an escape and I identify with the Baz Luhrmann quote!
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  5. Kanchan Char says:

    Thanks Kerry for paving the way! I really enjoyed writing this, though at first, I had cold feet and not a clue as to what I could do with this subject! ;P So gald you liked it! x

  6. Kanchan Char says:

    When I read you, Lulu..I feel writing was what you were born to do! I LOVE your blog, it’s such a sincere, fun place and I feel like I identify immediately with your thoughts! So glad you feel similarly when you’re here :) I doubt I’d ever totally know what I want to do with my life, I just focus on what I’m doing now…and try to give it my all! Maybe some of us might never have that one calling…and it really isn’t so bad! x

  7. Lorraine Seb says:

    Your honesty is touching, and so real! Thank you for saying it as it is, a lot of people think that writers always know what to write about, are brimming with opinion and self expression. You are loved by more than you are abhorred by…and that’s evident in the life you lead. Your blogspace is a pleasure to visit. XO

  8. Kanchan Char says:

    I’m glad that you feel that way…it’s always been my endeavor to keep this space inviting and warm! Thank you for affirming that it is :) Very often, I haven’t a clue as to why I’m doing what I am…I’m certainly not the most self-assured writer-have never been. I’m very grateful for the success I’ve had in the workplace despite that! :) x

  9. Beautifully written as always and fascinating to find out a bit more about your professional background. What interesting things you’ve done. I regularly get writer’s block and now well into my 40s I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up! Love the quote!
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  10. Kanchan Char says:

    Haha..clearly there are more of us than we realise, Phoebe! ;P

  11. This is fascinating and hugely thought provoking at a time when I’m mulling over my own writing style both in my paid research work and my hobby blog, I must come and re-read this when I get another chance, ps love the Baz quote!
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  12. Kanchan Char says:

    We’ve all been there sometime, Angela…and I think writing is such an organic, evolving process which defies labelling! I’m sure I won’t be the writer I am today in 5 years :) x

  13. Such an interesting post. I love that you mention collaboration, I suppose that is why we all blog, to get that interaction and feedback on our words.

  14. I really enjoyed reading this insight, such an interesting post. I’m impressed you only have 2 draft posts, my draft folder is so full of half started posts that I’m not going to mention the number here!

  15. Kanchan Char says:

    Thank you Iskra..and welcome, I love seeing new faces here :) So glad my thoughts resonated with you…we really do feed off one another, don’t we?! The magical essence of being human! x

  16. Kanchan Char says:

    I envy you, Christine!! What I would give to have loads of ideas to work with :) x

  17. I’ve never particular thought about ‘why’ I write, I have just always written. I may do a post like this (another one inspired by your good self Kanchan!) because I love diving a little deeper into myself sometimes. I think writing is a constantly progressing art form, a first word or line which develops and unravels into something profound, funny, interesting. Sometimes utter crap too, but we take the rough with the smooth!xx
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  18. Kanchan Char says:

    Totally agree about writing being a progressive artform….I can’t wait to read yours Hannah :) please let me know when you do! X

  19. I have never asked myself why I write, it’s just something I’ve always done. Maybe I’ll do a post like this (Another one inspired by you Kanchan!)
    I think that writing is an ever-developing art form, where a single word can lead to inspirational, funny, interesting stories (Or utter crap, but we take the rough with the smooth!)xx
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  20. A wonderfully well written post. I never think much about why I write but think I should
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  21. So interesting to find out why you write and how it comes about. I really enjoy your writing style. I love, and agree with, your statement that we are as uniform as as are diverse!
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  22. Kanchan Char says:

    If it’s any help, neither do I :) I’m really quite pleased I got a chance to think it through, though I sound utterly clueless still as to why I do ;) xx

  23. Kanchan Char says:

    Thank you so much for that, the more I read this post, the more I feel I should be embarrassed for sounding so lost ;) x

  24. That song, rap, reading words of Baz is my fave. If I feel so down I listen to it I dont know why. Is it his voice or the lyrics. But I really do use sunscreen.

    I am a new reader of yours. Recently just found it from one of the Linkys that I usually join and I am glad that I did cuz your writing has a certain drama to it. Not the one that people usually cry too but the one where you feel the weight, value of the writing.

    Goodluck with your book =)

    #pocolo
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  25. Kanchan Char says:

    I’m such a fan of that song, glad you liked it too…and good on you, sunscreen is the best! ;) I’m very touched that you like my writing, Merlinda, thank you so much for your kind words! x

  26. Beautifully written, I can see that this is something you were born to do.
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  27. Kanchan Char says:

    Thanks so much, I’m very touched that you feel that way! :) x

  28. A really interesting post, I’m very similar tbh. Intrigued how you got the Amazong pictures, they are great!
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  29. Kanchan Char says:

    Thank you Kate, the pics are Copyright and were taken by Daniel Simm, who’s a part of my family and a professional photographer! :) So pleased you liked them, I thought they went really well with the post I thought ;) x

  30. What a fascinating insight into how and why you write. I always enjoy your posts so this is really interesting. It was so great to meet you last weekend too. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo :) x
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  31. I so enjoyed reading this, and I love what compels you to write; the sharing and connection. My process is a little similar to yours too – I never really plan what to write – I tend to trust my intuition with the next ideas. BTW it was fab to meet you at Britmums Live :o). You have a regular reader in me! X
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  32. Kanchan Char says:

    Ah, thanks Victoria…I’m so glad we got a few moments to chat, for me, meeting people I chat with was the highlight of Britmums Live for me! :) X

  33. Kanchan Char says:

    Thank you! That means so much to me …To be honest, I really wanted to nominate you as I would LOVE to know your reasons…I really enjoy your style of writing so bit of a mutual admiration going on ;P Really glad we got to meet and put faces to names! x

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