What are you working on?
What am I working on? What am I not working on? At the top of the year, this prodigal writer returned to the blog that she had forsaken because she took a sabbatical to care for her soul. It worked. I'm back. So I'm always working on this blog—thinking of what I want to say. Also, I'm working on some essays, including one about African American women and the U.S. feminist movement, PLUS a sketch comedy piece. My most precious project, a partial book draft tentatively titled "Young, Christian and Black," sits on my bookshelf, collecting dust, waiting for the day when I feel it's right to return to it.
How does your work differ from others of your genre?
I write because i have to. It's how I make sense of the world, and my life. I write because it unclogs me. I write because in 2006 a voice told me to write, and pursuing life as a professional writer has been one of the most life-giving endeavors I've ever pursued. I write because our world needs more voices that make us look within.
How does your writing/creative process work?
All of my work stems from ideas. Some ideas hit like quick flashes of lightning; others are like spring showers that speak to me for weeks. I do my best to honor these ideas. I record them everywhere—in voice memos notebooks, journals, scraps of paper. Then, I let them stew (for hours, days, months), and finally I sit down at my laptop to let them loose! Some ideas are conveyed quickly, in a blog post that takes an hour to write. Others take a few sittings and require more refined thinking and a little Internet research. Others take either weeks, or maybe years to flesh out because I'm still trying to figure out 1)exactly what I want to say, 2) the best way to communicate it to the reader, and 3) the right words to use.
A recovering perfectionist, sometimes I spend minutes scouring dictionary.com for the perfect word to complete a sentence. Other times, I let it slide, telling myself that putting something out now is much better than waiting a few days until I get more time, because that day may never come.
When I finish writing a piece, a feeling of satisfaction and peace envelopes me. There is a sense that my gift to the reader is also a gift to myself.
Meet a few of my blogging buddies…
I know Amber Awosanya through church. She's getting her MFA in writing. Her blog, FromUnderTheNet is where she posts first drafts of short non-fiction bits she is working on from the experiences of her and her interracial family and their life in Uganda.
I met SamanthaButler when she was a student at UCLA. She's a teacher and writer. Her work consists of short stories, executed writing exercises, poems and life stories: LeeParkerWritings
Lastly, I'd like to give a HUGE shout out to Grace Sandra, the woman who tagged me in the#ShareTheLove blog tour. We were in a leadership development cohort when we worked for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA. She is one of the most vulnerable bloggers I know. Here is what she says about how her writing differs from that of other writers: “I’m a human. I’m a sinner. I suck. I am loved by God. The end. That’s my genre. My story.”
Check out these ladies. They rock’n’roll!