Monday, April 28, 2014

Blog Hop for All Creative Writers

photo by me
A good friend of mine, Vila Gingerich invited me to participate in a blog hop for creative writers. A blog hop is a way to gain new readership, and although it might be nice, blog hops have little to do with bunny rabbits, awww :'(! This one is about how we as writers work.

Last week, Vila posted about her writing process here. What I really like about her work for young readers is how she expresses in a light, entertaining voice the realistic challenges and comforts in this life.

More about Vila:

Vila Gingerich grew up reading and dreaming about life beyond her Mennonite community in Midwest, USA. For the last six years she’s lived in Eastern Europe, where she writes, reads, and—yes—wonders what’s happening back in the USA.

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And now it's my turn to tell you a little about my writing process.

What am I working on?

I am working on feeling free in my creativity during this dark, barren time. As I rest from my striving, I am working on inviting Christ into my writing life through playful, devotional journaling.

Besides the handwritten journaling, I am reading the novel, Silas Marner by George Eliot and am touched by this story of the miserly, old-looking, harmless hermit and the little golden-haired child that wanders into his home.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I feel a big change about to occur in my fiction writing life, so I will have to skip this question. I've written mostly adult fiction and some childrens' fiction and have to say I enjoy fiction with Christian values for young adults and older adults the best, but I don't know exactly what I will choose to write when and if I return to public fiction writing to be able to tell you how it is different from others in its genre.

Why do I write what I do?

Why do I write in personal journals? Because I like to be able to string together words on paper to form prayers and to have records of them to reread and possibly share in some revised version later on. Because I like the feeling of my pen sweeping across paper as I write my cursive letters. I think most clearly with a pen in my hand and keys beneath my fingers. And I love blogging because it is comforting and fulfilling to connect with other writers and readers, to share ideas and just to have that writerly company.

How does my writing process work?

With a candle lit at my desk (mmm vanilla!) and possibly a porcelain cup, brimming with some delicious tea, atop a matching saucer. Inspiring music—either folk songstress ladies that my husband finds spooky, or meditative new age, or TaizĂ© music, Hammock, or Beethoven. First comes a great tickling desire to slide open my desk drawer and lift out my pretty journal, and then the minutes whoosh by as I release my observations and imaginings onto its lines. Sometimes I leave the desk so dazed and lulled by my words that the desk drawer knob catches my sweater pocket and will not let me go!

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It would be great if you joined me in this blog hop.

If you'd like, post your own answers to the questions and place a link to Blush of Dawn in your post: http://blushofdawn.blogspot.com.

Happy hopping!

7 comments:

  1. It's nice to learn more about you. I too journal and devotion write. Not always, but nearly every Sunday on Journaling Woman, I write a Sunday Reflection on my faith.

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    1. And lovely reflections they are. :)

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  2. I like getting another peek into your writing world. :) It is neat that your journals are such an essential part to your growth as a writer. Usually, my journals are for therapeutic use by getting my emotions onto paper.
    Is Silas Marner a good read? It's a classic that I've yet to read, but I remember being interested in when I was younger and saw the Wishbone PBS version, haha! I may want to read it in the future.

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    1. Journaling is a nice release.

      I really liked Silas Marner, gave it 4.5 stars on Goodreads and wrote a brief review of it on there. Many passages were difficult as Eliot tends to write mind-boggling sentences at times, but the ones I understood were beautiful. Plus, it's just a nice story. That's cute you saw the Wishbone version. :)

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  3. Hello Jade. So good to know you through your profile on the blogger. I am also glad to stop by your blog "Blush of Dawn" and the post on it " Blog Hop for All Creative Writer". I am impressed by your writing process where you are very intentional in producing some unique writing that will strengthen the body of Christ. Well I am from Mumbai, India and I am privileged to know you as a Christian writer. I have been in the Pastoral ministry for last 35yrs in the great city of Mumbai a city with great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. We reach out to the poorest of poor with the love of Christ to bring healing to the broken hearted. We also encourage young people as well as adults from the West to come to Mumbai on a short / long term missions trip to come to Mumbai to work with us in the slums of Mumbai amongst poorest of poor to share the good news of Jesus Christ and to give them new life, future and hope. We would love to have come with your friends to work with us in the slums of Mumbai and capture some live stories from the slum life to make your writing more mission focus. My email id is :dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede. Looking forward to hear from you.

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  4. Aw, Jade my dear, you are much too kind. :)

    But thank you!

    And I've recently begun to journal again. I thrive on it--both the letting out of feelings and the sweep of the pen across the page--so why do I quit?

    Love how the desk snatches at your sweater to keep you there. Here's hoping the desk wins most of the time! :)

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  5. i love your writing process, that's how i always picture a writer :)

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