When I was first invited to take part in the Writers’ Blog Tour by the lovely Nikki Young at Nikki Young Writes, I actually asked her if it was appropriate for me to join in as I didn’t feel like a ‘proper’ writer. Nikki soon put my fears to rest with a firm, but positive reply. So, here I am now, and glad of it, as not only do I get to introduce you to three wonderful bloggers, it’s also been a great exercise in examining my own writing processes.
What am I working on?
In my day job as a Chief Sub Editor over three TV titles, I have to work with words all the time. It’s not just a matter of making sure copy fits, but it’s imperative I have super eagle eyes for all types of typos, grammatical errors and flag issues of legality. I also have to ensure the story reads well and entices a viewer to want to watch the programmes we feature. We’re very lucky (or unlucky… however you want to look at it) to get advanced storylines for all the soaps and new dramas on TV. A lot of my family, who are big soap fans, are always dying to know what happens! However, not so good, if you’re hooked on a TV series and eager not to have it spoilt for you.
I also get commissioned to write real-life features and currently in the process of writing something about a terrible murder that was committed recently. We often feature crime documentaries and get previews of upcoming programmes. I will watch the preview, get quotes and if there isn’t enough information, use press cuttings, or interviews with producers or directors. It can be very interesting, as I’m given different topics all the time.
As far as My Travel Monkey is concerned, surprisingly, it is the blog that keeps me most on my toes. The magazines are formulaic to some degree, because we are appealing to a certain consumer, however, my blog is for ever evolving on a weekly basis. I often get an idea, scribble it down, and then mull it over before deciding whether to go ahead with it or not. I’m currently working on a new segment called Holiday Snapshots – a regular feature which will showcase the participant’s holiday or trip – and I’m really excited about it.
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
There are so many amazing travel blogs out there from independent travellers to families and I must admit, I was daunted by the prospect of starting my project. I wondered if I could compete but, over the last few months, I’ve come to realise that even though we all write about similar things, we all have our own styles. There is room for everybody in the blogging world. In person, I am tactile and friendly, have a tendency to say what’s on my mind and have a dry sense of humour. I am also very chatty and like to think this comes across in the way I write. People have told me that when they read my posts, it’s like I am in the room with them.
Why do I write what I do?
I am generally quite adventurous by nature, love travel and love spending time being busy, especially outdoors. I’m one of those fidgety people who thinks spending a whole day in the house is boring.
My life changed when I took a few years travelling the globe after I finished university, not only did I meet my husband, I experienced the real world on my own for the first time, and I grew up. Then I became a mother, and as every parent knows, your life changes over night. My Travel Monkey is a culmination of all these things, and also a challenge which focuses my wandering mind. I am always a better person when I have a project on the go – and this is one I intend to carry on with for a long while yet – writing, creating and going on new adventures.
How does my writing process work?
If I’m truly honest, I don’t really have a ‘process’ as such. Some days an idea pops into my head and off I go… often writing the bare bones of a post on my iphone while commuting on the train. I do keep a list now of things I want to write and in which order, so it helps focus my time. But more often than not, I just process my thoughts and type them on to my laptop. Some weeks there is no stopping me, but others, which I am sure you have all experienced, I can really struggle to even write a sentence. In those situations, I often take a break for a few days and find that helps with the block.
Now it’s over to these three wonderful bloggers…
Over the very short time I have been blogging, I have been astounded by the amount of talent out there.
I feel I have a lot in common with Sian over at The Adventures of a Potty Mouthed Mummy. We share a hate of commuting on South West Trains and we’re both working mums to toddler boys. She has made me laugh and cry all at the same time with her frank and witty posts.
Sian writes mostly about working full-time (in London at a Digital Marketing company, if you’re interested) and being away from her little boy H. Currently the main focus of her blog is her “Newbie Class” series which runs every Monday, showcasing other bloggers and providing technical blogging tips. Stationery, cooking and nautical things feature heavily in her life.
Meanwhile, Allane at Packing my Suitcase is travel mad, and I love reading her posts about her adventures and her fabulous travel ideas – and reckon we would get on like a house on fire in the real world. She’s been everywhere and leads such an interesting life.
Allane is originally from Brazil, but she has lived in four different countries before settling in Germany after marrying her husband. She has a passion for travelling and writing, and wants to share her travel experiences around the world, and hopes to inspire all of us to travel, too.
Last but not least, freelance writer and author Izzie, who blogs over at The World According to Izzie takes a humorous look at life as a mum to twin teenagers. Her blog is packed with funny posts and I often have a good giggle at her musings.
Izzie is married, with twin daughters and lives in Worcester. Her lifestyle and parenting blog features posts about teenagers, family life and travel. Since her daughters left home for university last year, Izzie alternates between enjoying the peace and missing the chaos, while adjusting to life as an empty-nester and perfecting the art of growing old disgracefully.
I hope you’ll take some time to check their blogs out.