A big thank you to Cate from Life Behind the Purple Door for linking me in on this bloghop. It’s a fabulous topic and something I was really keen to join in on.
The Why I Write bloghop is a series of questions encouraging writers to share insights into their writing and process. There are so many great writers and I found reading the posts from others really inspiring. I hope I can do the same for someone else.
What am I working on
Having recently returned from a glorious summer holiday in Italy and England, I’m slowly working my way through travel posts to share on the blog. The photos help jog my memory, as do all the notes I took along the way.
There are loads of other ideas bouncing around in my mind but it’s just a matter of finding the time to get stuck into them!
How does my writing differ from others in its genre
I spent the first half of the year studying and have now completed (yippee!) a Graduate Certificate in Food Writing at Adelaide University. It was a LOT of hard work and I’m so glad it’s behind me. Writing can be a tricky business, especially if you get caught up with worrying if you’re any good or if people will like what you have to say. My goal now is to really step up my writing, both on the blog and in the freelance world.
With the blog I want to take a different approach, rather than writing about the same new venues and current food trends that other publications and bloggers are already covering. I want to focus on the unsung heroes and food stories we don’t often hear about – by talking to food lovers like growers, food producers, retailers, cooks and restaurant owners.
Why do I write what I do
I wasn’t a fan of school (think bratty teenager) but even so, English was my favourite subject because I loved to read and write. I was always much better friends with words than I was with numbers (I still need a calculator for the simplest of sums).
Food fascinates me, as do different cultures and cuisines. Wherever you are in the world, food brings people together – it’s the centre piece for family gatherings, holidays and celebrations. Ingredients, dishes and smells can evoke long-forgotten memories. Food is part of our daily routine and I think you’d be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t have an interesting story about food.
How does my writing process work
I always have a notepad and pen in my bag. Actually, because I have so many bags, I have numerous notepads. You just never know when or where inspiration will strike and on any day you could find yourself sitting quietly in a cafe or at the local park with time to jot down your thoughts and ideas. I find that if I take notes as I go, it’s much easier to work through a piece when I knuckle down at the computer to write.
Of course some pieces come out more easily and there are times when I don’t need notes and can whip something up pretty quickly. I wish this happened more often!
Sharing the love
I’m now to tag three other bloggers, asking them to share why they write so I’m passing this on to three clever writerly pals.
- I got to know Lauren from Corridor Kitchen through blogging and she’s become a really good friend. She’s incredibly smart, a great writer, knows a heck of a lot about coffee and writes for the The Sydney Morning Herald Good Cafe Guide.
- I met Kate from Rosehips and Rhubarb at Adelaide Uni earlier this year while studying Food Writing. Kate lives in Adelaide and is passionate about gardening and food history. Kate’s blog is very new and I look forward to watching it grow.
- Anne from Epicurean Epistles is another Adelaidean and fellow Food Writing classmate. Anne has written some really interesting pieces on food writing and blogging, and the fresh produce in South Australia.
So friends do tell, do you write? What’s your writing process?
To see more Why I Write bloghop entries, check out all the links at A Welcome Relief.