What do you love about writing?
To be honest, I have never really “loved” the process of writing, but I do love seeing the finished product. Once my ideas and thoughts come together, and I’m able to articulate my story on paper, then I start to enjoy writing. This is especially true if I feel like the piece I’m writing makes sense and sounds good!
How did you get into the writing world?
Writing has always been something I’ve done. I started to get serious about it in high school where I was one of the editors of our school newspaper. I majored in communications and journalism in college, and then pursued a career that included public relations, magazine editing, freelance writing, and now creating and overseeing Triad Moms on Main, which is a lot like an online magazine.
What top 2 challenges do you find in writing?
- Getting started.
- Writing off the cuff. When I first started blogging almost 9 years ago, it was really hard for me to write in the typical blog “diary” style as opposed to the journalistic style I have been used to since high school. Blogging still does not come naturally to me and it’s always a challenge to write about my experiences instead of reporting about someone else’s experiences. I have learned, however, that blogging can be incredibly therapeutic and more fulfilling than writing a journalistic piece!
Where do you find inspiration for your article/blog ideas?
For TMoM, most of my blog ideas come from just living life and keeping my eyes and ears open. As a mom, I’m constantly experiencing possible blog ideas. Some ideas come from things I’ve learned as a parent, while other ideas have come from conversations with friends and family. Ironically, despite being surrounded by possible blog ideas, I also always feel like I’m battling writers’ block!
What is… 1. The most challenging piece you’ve written & why and 2. Your favorite piece you’ve written & why?
I think the most challenging piece I’ve ever written is also my favorite piece. Actually there are a few that fit this description, and they were articles I wrote for a bridal magazine in Charlotte. I truly enjoyed all aspects of those writing assignments. From the interviews with the brides, to the sometimes agonizing writing process, to the never-ending edits with the magazine’s editor. The editor was not just a wordsmith – she was a word artist – and she was amazing to work with.
Do you have any tips to writers on conducting interviews and/or drafting interview questions?
Do your research in advance so you’re prepared with good questions. Be a good listener so you can ask pertinent follow up questions. And always let the interviewee do most of the talking. If you are interviewing in person, use pauses so they feel the need to keep talking. The more information you have, the easier it is to write your piece.
If you could give an upcoming writer, one piece of advice what would it be?
I had a boss who once told me to stop obsessing about what I want to write about – or how I wanted a piece to begin. Instead, get it all down on paper first, and then go back and clean it up later. I use this advice all the time.
Where can people go to see more of your work?
Visit www.TriadMomsOnMain.com and type my name in the search box to see my past blogs!