Friday, August 15, 2014

The writing process tour

Let's pretend this photo from the Great Ocean Road is metaphorical in some way.

Marielle from This Flooded Sky tagged me in the Writing Process Tour that's been going around and obviously I can't say no to Marielle, so let's do this. 

1. What am I working on?

Who even knows? I'm so disorganized. I'm basically the antithesis of bloggers who keep cute little journals that cost $65 and are full of blog ideas and schedules for posts. (Does that blogger actually exist, though?)

For regular readers, you know I only post three times a week now max, and I've been playing with the idea of posting one beauty post, one style post and one 'wild-card' post a week (which would probably be on feminism, let's not kid ourselves). But I don't know that I could stick to that. Maybe I'll combine the style and beauty to just one post on either a week. I just really want to fulfill my first vision of this site, which is that it would be for women (or men--that's cool too) who like to critique pop culture and talk about feminism but who could also talk about their favorite beauty products for an hour.

2. How does my work differ from others of its type/genre?

I'm not sure that it really does, to be honest. Snark isn't exactly uncommon, but I do think it helps that I'm just as willing to snark on myself as I am celebrities and my favorite reality TV housewives. It makes it seem less judgmental, maybe?

I would never in a million years consider myself a style blogger, but one thing I did notice when reading a lot of my favorite style bloggers is that--though I'm sure they were great people--they never really injected their personality into their posts. In fact the writing seemed like an afterthought, or just trendy buzzwords would be thrown around (macarons! tea! white and gold!). So I kind of made this blog to do the opposite of that. We'll see if I ever regularly do outfit posts.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I try not to really plan out my posts because I find when I think I have a good idea but I log it away to write later, I end up having to force the post because the moment when I was inspired has been lost. Some of my best posts have just been a reaction to something I read/saw that day and that's what I prefer because, as anyone knows, it takes a hell of a lot less time when you're writing in a moment of inspiration. 

I've realized that I really, really love writing about feminism. Sometimes, yes, it feels like I'm preaching to the choir because I (somewhat surprisingly) have yet to receive a nasty comment on any of my feminism posts. But I like that my audience for them is primarily female but I care about how women feel about themselves than how men feel about women.

Also, I write a lot of lists. I don't necessarily want to be a mini-Buzzfeed, but lists are so suited for the way that I write. They're also easier because you don't have to thing about transitions and flow and all that, so I'm going to challenge myself to do less and do more though-out posts.

4. How does your writing process work?

See that photo above? That took me 20 minutes to make. I AM SO SLOW. At everything. I have no idea how people bang posts out in 30 minutes. Even when I'm inspired, it takes longer than that. I learned this as a reporter too, but the majority of the time spent writing a post is used just writing my lead. Once that's written, the tone for the post has been set so the rest goes quicker. But I can't skip the lead and do the body and then go back to it. Nope. My lead has to be set and I'll ponder that shit for 45 minutes.

But the thing is, I never want to feel like I have to write a post--I want to enjoy writing posts, so I've gotten to the point where I just say screw the 3 times/week schedule if I'm not feeling it.

So, who I am tagging? 

1. Crystal at The Happy Type. (Duh). Crystal writes about fitness, health, life crises and so much more. 

2. Kate from Thoroughly Modern. I've been reading this girl since a Halloween link-up where she wrote about Pretty Little Liars. It was cemented then.

3. Natalie from her namesake blog, Natalie Blair. Natalie writes about everything under the sun. Also, she's funny, which is all I require.


  1. You know, I look at these style bloggers who you KNOW are making serious cash off their blog, and in my whiniest voice say (and imagine that voice sounding something like Mona Lisa from P&R), "but their writing isn't even goooooddddd!!!!" You know, we should start selling our writing services to style bloggers. Together, we would be unstoppable.

  2. I love that you're disorganized too. I feel like there are so many posts about editorial calendars and overpriced planners. And I always, always agree with your feminism posts but it's still cool to read and discuss. We can't have enough feminism posts. And ugh, I feel you - adding an image probably takes me longer than writing the post since I have to put words on it. Boo.

  3. Oh my god, that's such a good idea. We'll be power ghostwriters.