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2014 06 16 Writing Process Blog Tour 2014: From the Ridge June 16, 2014

Good morning readers.

I was asked a few weeks ago to take part in a Blog Tour, which promotes what’s called “The Writing Process: This effort is a collection of blog site writers who are asked four questions pertaining to their own writing processes. In addition to gaining insight to others writing styles and approaches, we are very glad to promote the web addresses of some amazingly talented writers who have crafted their own blog sites.

This first writer I am acknowledging is a very talented writer in her own rights who introduced me to this Blog Tour. She is the published author of a wonderful collection of works and her name is Traci McDonald. She is a member of the first writing group I joined back in the early summer of 2011.

Go to the following blog site to read her blog:

http://www.tracimcdonald.blogspot.com

Her post title referring to the Blog Tour is #Monday Blogs

Please take a click over to her site and have a read. It’ll be well worth your time.

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I’d like to thank you all again for visiting my page. I appreciate your interest and invite you to leave your comments, suggestions, critique and some of your own experiences with life.

Below you will find my answers to the Blog Tour’s Writing Process questions. This is the first time I have tried to explain my styles and approach to the madness that is my writing.

Following this Q&A section, please find a few more links to a few more incredible writers that I have met through my writer’s groups.

And now, On with the show.

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Blog Tour 2014
Writing Process

Question 1: What am I working on?
Answer: At the moment, I am working on a sequel to my Sully Street novel. The story, entitled Good Bye Savannah, is a story about the days of Southern plantations, slavery and the amazing strength of the human spirit. It’s a story about a family that finds a way to stand together under incredible forces that consistently attempt to rip them apart. It’s about how bred ownership of the human spirit can manage to be disrupted by a change in direction that brings the heart back in line with the goodness the world has to offer. I am having a hard time keeping my emotions in check while writing this story, as it has a habit of picking me up and carrying me back through time to a place that I believe we all can feel from the inside, out.

I am also continuing to write posts for my blog, pieces for my two writer’s groups, and my poetry continues to sprout new visions from deep inside my soul.

As time goes by, my passion for writing continues to grow, and as I learn the craft from some amazingly unique perspectives, I realize that as I grow, my writing will also find growth.

Question 2: How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Answer: Well here comes my embarrassment. I don’t really know how to answer this question, except to admit that I have not done much reading over the years. I did read a little back in my younger billy goat days, when I was just a kid, but that was a long time ago. I read the Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings, and a few other authors, such as Ray Bradbury and Howard Fast, but going back to the genre question, I’m not sure what genre they wrote in, what genre other writers wrote in, and what genre I am writing in.

One thing that I know for certain, my style of writing must differ greatly from others, especially those who write the same types of stories as I do. I write the movie that plays in my head. I sit, I think, the movie starts to play out and I try to keep up with it. Some days, it comes as fast as I can type, other days, it comes in chunks, but it always comes.

I recently finished a chapter for submission for critique, and one member commented that she hated a character in the chapter. I told her that as I pictured that particular character while typing, my heart pounded and my teeth clenched, as if she was real. She was real, and she came alive as I typed. It was an amazing feeling, and I relish those moments.

I also tell folks that I feel some times as though I am a portal, a conduit if you will, a channel in which an event takes place through me, onto the screen. When I go back and read some of my works, its as if someone else wrote the piece. It’s an eerie feeling sometimes, but it’s also an amazingly inspirational feeling that I can’t escape, and choose not to want to escape.

Question 3: Why do I write what I do?
Answer: When I first learned touch typing after my vision loss in 2010, I started to write emails to notify folks back home how I was doing at an independent living program at the Carroll Center in Newton, Mass. I wrote to thank folks for their support, but I also wrote because I fell back in love with the process of writing. I had always had a passion for writing as a child, but never explored its possibilities.

I quickly found that as I continued my writing, I learned from my experiences. I learned about myself, how my vision loss had affected me, how much I was inspired by folks around me, how much family meant to me, how much I had to learn about myself so that I may continue to move forward with the next chapter in my life.

My writing became a form of therapy for me, and as I became a member of two writer’s groups, the therapy became a passion once again for me, and I had found a purpose in my life that had both direction, and meaning. My writing became a part of me, and I, a part of it.

I have grown from my writing. I have been able to discover things about myself that I had never paid attention to. I finally started to understand who I was, who I am, and who I was working to become.

I imagine everyone receives some form of medicine from their writing. I know I do. I think some times that it’s as if I became blind, so that I could see, or write.

I’m still working on the medicine, and the task is continuing to prove itself worthy.

4: How does your writing process work?
Answer:
Well, this is an answer that can have many different directions. As I listen to the different styles and characteristics of folks in the different writer’s groups I belong to, I understand that my style is my own. It’s unlike anyone elses that I know. Some folks need to create full, detailed outlines of their stories or pieces before they start to write them. Others write of what they know and understand. It’s factual and constructed from pure evidence. Some write from emotion and some write from hate and discontentment.

My writing starts from within and creates emotions inside me that stem from the movie playing out in my mind. I swear, some days it’s as if I am at the theater with a box of popcorn, watching the big screen tell a big story. I hear it, I feel it, I sense it, understand it, try to avoid it and run towards it. It becomes a moment of my life that carries with it the memories similar to those of my own personal life. In a way, it becomes my very own personal experience, and then, I write.

My poetry comes at me in flurries. The rhythm flows with a melodic motion that carries the tune of word.

My essays, blog entries and short stories are formed the same way. I am a creative writer, and my passion is expression of emotion and feeling. I tend to write all over the place, like a ping pong ball, but I continue to write. My blog tells so much of what I have been through and how the inspiration seems to matter more today than it ever has before. I am grateful, and my writing tends to define that fact.

The message is always pure and concise. The meaning sometimes eludes me, until I go back and read it, for what seems like the first time. Again, it’s as if I am reading someone elses typed words. I talk of this phenomenon quite often, but that’s only because it’s so prominent. It always is, and I always am right there, experiencing it all.

I have a process, this I know, but I’m not sure what you would call it, other than my style. Someone in my group, earlier on, told me that they understood Stephen King used to write this way in his earlier days. I couldn’t believe I was being compared to the great master of Eastern Maine. I was humbled and speechless, but I was also a little embarrassed because I didn’t know anything about this amazing author, other than he was definitely rich, and from Bangor.

I’ll stick with the process that seems to work for me. I don’t know what to call it, but it’s all I have for the time being.

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Are you still here? I hope so, because there are a couple more blog sites that you need to check out.

The first one is from a writer that I met through a writing group that is called, Behind Our Eyes. The address to our group’s site is as follows:

http://www.magnetsandladders.org

This next talented published writer’s name is Abbie Taylor, and her information about her published author’s works, as well as her crafted insights and touching tales and recollections of her life’s experiences can be found here:

http://abbiescorner.wordpress.com/

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This second published writer is a Canadien gentleman I also met through the writer’s group. He is one of the first members who reached out to welcome me to this amazing collection of incredibly crafted writers. His name is Bruce Atchison, and his written insights and experiences can be found at the following link:

http://www.bruceatchison.blogspot.com/

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The final writer I am promoting today is an inspirational builder of words that joined our writer’s group a year and a half ago. She is well versed and an experienced instructor of education who is quickly making a name for herself in and around our writing community. This wonderful published writer’s name is Alice Massa, and you can find her collections of stories, poetry and essays at the following website:

http://alice13wordwalk.wordpress.com/

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Well, that’s just about it. Again, thanks for stopping by and I appreciate your support.

Writing for me has been an incredible journey through my heart and my soul, and hopefully will continue to grow for the remainder of my sunrises here on this wondrously spinning, blue marble we call home.

I hope you all have a remarkable day and always remember, while you never forget, no matter where you go, there you are, so take advantage of it.

Bye for now.

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2 Responses to “2014 06 16 Writing Process Blog Tour 2014: From the Ridge”

  1. River Road Says:

    thanks for Sharing with us Deon. I think the questions are good ones that will bring reflection and a focus to the writers, to examine the how, and the why of what they do. I enjoyed reading this today. Thank you. Lynda

    “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, Dreams. Who looks inside, Awakens.”

    Lynda McKinney Lambert River Road Studio The Village of wurtemburg, PA 16117 My Blog: Walking by Inner Vision at http://www.lyndalambert.com

    http://www.walkingbyinnervision.blogspot.com http://lyndalambert.com

    “Go into your self and see how deep the place is from which your life flows.” ……Ranier Maria Rilke

    ““Art is a dance between the artist, the art work, and solitude.” Lynda McKinney Lambert

  2. Traci Says:

    Deon, As always, your blog is inspiring and beautiful. I love your voice and your thoughts. Thanks for the insight.


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