My friend Aisha invited me join a writing process tour, in which bloggers discuss the “how” and “why” of their writing. Aisha is an amazing author who writes Young Adult fiction while taking care of two adorable little boys. Her debut book, Written in the Stars, comes out in 2015. Pre-order it now!
Her response discussed her foray into fiction, while mine delve into my blogging journey.
What am I working on?
I’m currently working on my “30 Ramadan Acts of Kindness” series, which encourages Muslims(and Non-Muslims) to do at least one good deed every day this Ramadan. I’ve done crafts with my daughters (more on that tomorrow), cleaned out my closets to donate items, knitted A LOT, and generally tried to be more patient and kind in my daily life. It’s been an interesting journey.
Honestly, I was hoping that more people would get involved in this movement. But, if even one person is touched by this message then it’s worth it.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
There are A LOT of craft and lifestyle blogs out there. I try to separate myself by focusing on easy crafts that a novice can do, using materials readily available at any craft store. There are, of course, a few exceptions to that rule, but generally that is my focus.
I also let my zany humor shine through in my writing, because I think that it makes my writing more interesting to read. Just a list of directions is boring and can be found anywhere! My random stories and asides differentiate my little corner of the blogsphere from the rest.
Why do I write what I do?
I LOVE to craft and I have been doing it since I was a child. Friends and family have long encouraged me to blog about my creations. I’m glad I finally listened! I enjoy teaching others to make things and showing them that it’s not that difficult. You don’t have to be an artist to paint a box and mod podge on some doilies. It’s okay if it’s not perfect, most likely you are the only one that notices those imperfections.
How does your writing process work?
Ideas come to me a variety of different ways. Sometimes I begin by browsing Pinterest for ideas and trends. Occasionally, a project there will inspire me! Other times I wander around the craft store, hoping inspiration will strike. That can difficult with two little girls clamoring for my attention, and insisting they need MORE crayons.
I get most of my ideas from the world around me. I will see an item in a store window or my daughter points out something while we are out and about.
After I decide on a project, I rummage through my craft bin to see what materials I have. Sometimes a trip to a craft store is in order. After I collect all my materials, I get started. While this is my favorite part, it can also be the most difficult. “Creating” often requires a lot of trial and error. I try to take lots of pictures and notes along the way.
While my project dries, I type up the directions and add pictures. Then I post it up for the world to see!
I hope you enjoyed this glimpse behind the scenes!