Why I Write…
I’ve been asked to take part in a blog hop. If your first thought is ‘what’s that?’ you’re not alone. I had to do some research to find out. My basic understanding is a blog hop is a tool to assist writers to link up. In the process, readers also get to learn more about the blogger! So, here goes–
What am I working on?
I’m consistently working on my Write to Heal™ workshops, writing my weekly blog post and periodically adding juicy pieces to my Write to Heal™ eBook—when these pop in to my conscious awareness! When I’m not writing content I’m working on the marketing side of my projects and linking them through various social networks.
How does my writing differ from others in its genre?
My writing has never quite fitted into any one particular genre as any one of my mentors, manuscript assessors or editors may tell you. I’ll admit I’m not one for conforming to the rules—I generally learn them and then tweak them! Don’t get me wrong, rules have their place and it’s important we follow them, however it’s just as important we give ourselves permission to step outside the proverbial square.
I’ve dabbled in several genres, writing children’s picture book stories, short stories, poetry, fantasy, crime, fiction, non-fiction, historical, mystery and romance. I’ve written articles for newspapers and magazines. If I had to name my genre it would be writing for wellbeing.
What I have discovered is my love for the simple act of writing can be utilised as an effective form of energetic healing, for writing is energy in motion.
Why do I write what I do?
My Write to Heal™ workshops are written with the intent to inspire and assist people on their journey, to make a positive difference in this world. Considering this question further, all my early scribbles and scrawls were in search of who I am and why I’m here. While it felt frustrating as I worked my way through those many years, I now feel comfortable with this aspect of why I write.
How does my writing process work?
My process has changed dramatically over the years. I used to write from a head space where I now intentionally write from the heart. It’s taken me years to understand and develop this. It entails a measured dose of trust, a dash of faith and a good dollop of confidence, yet it’s extremely satisfying and worthwhile.
To write is a gift everyone is given. If only we were told this when learning to form our letters, words, sentences, paragraphs and pages, as children.
My process involves following my intuition, daily journal writing to rid the excess and the mundane, and writing when I feel the need—to solve a problem or gain clarity.
Part of this blog hop is to nominate three writers who’d love to share why they write. While I’d love to announce three, two will do. I’d like to introduce you to SarahD and Ali Bengough.
SarahD likes to take pictures. Her pictures capture moments and also inspire her words. Feeling like her heart is split in two, one side resides in the green of Ireland—her homeland, while the other sits among the ochre’s of Australia—where she now lives with her husband and two little boys—who fill her days with cuddles and craziness. You’ll find SarahD at Snippets and Spirits where she shares her writings about life, its beautiful moments and its challenging days. SarahD desires her snippets be pieced together to add meaning to the lives of others.
Ali Bengough is currently studying her Masters degree in Applied Psychology at the University of Queensland. She has been working as a counsellor for ten years and loves what she does. She is passionate about helping people find their purpose and overcome the barriers that hold them back from living their dreams. She blogs over at The Mindset Effect, where she writes about anything related to the way we think and feel. This is complimented by a Facebook page and Twitter account. She loves to hear from her readers and welcomes feedback on what they would value reading about. When she graduates, Ali plans to use her blog to launch her business, creating a comprehensive site offering a variety of individual sessions, group workshops, online programs and other resources. Ali is currently in the process of writing her first book; a small, easy to understand guide on how to stop taking on issues that belong to other people.
Please also head over to Sarah Barrett’s blog, Creating Contentment. Thanks Sarah for nominating me.
Are you a writer? If you are, please leave a comment below and share with us why you write.
Leanda ~ Write to Heal and make your mark for life is worth living ♥