On Becoming A Writer: Megha Sood

An important part of every writer’s journey is the transition from seeing ourselves as “someone who writes” to seeing ourselves as writers.  We asked all the Go Dog Go Baristas to tell us a little bit about their journey as a writer.  We hope you enjoy learning more about the Baristas and are inspired by their stories.

 

Megha

When you did you start writing?

I started scribbling around two years back. Being a manager in the IT industry really took the best part of the day from me and I never got a moment to catch my thoughts. Initially, I used to write a poem here and there once in a month but since I have started my blog in August 2017 my creative juices have started flowing.

What kind of writing do you do?

I mostly write poetry, micro poetry and sometimes also do small articles on the subjects which are close to my heart.

Where do you find inspiration for your writing?

Anything or everything which moves me in a certain way inspires me. It can be a song, a quote, a random paragraph from the book I’m reading, a sudden change in the day outside. At times, just looking at the people I love inspires me to write.

What are you current writing rituals/practices? 

Mostly I prefer to write during the night-time when I can find some time exclusively for myself and also when the outside noises die down. But  I recently wrote something sitting in a noisy restaurant in the middle of the day, so I guess I’m improving.

When did you start thinking of yourself as a writer?

In my opinion, every one of us is a writer by heart but the art of mesmerizing others with your personal experience through writing is a gift. I saw myself as a writer when I started getting the encouraging response from my readers and also when my works started getting accepted in a few literary collectives.

What are your future writing goals?

I have not chalked out a long drawn goal for my writing. Writing is very cathartic to me. But the idea to collaborate with more eminent writers and getting my small collection of poems published are the things I look for in the future.

To read more of Megha’s thoughts on writing, visit her piece Are you writing from the heart?

“A drop of ink may make a million think.” ― George Gordon Byron

On Becoming A Writer: Gina Gallyot

An important part of every writer’s journey is the transition from seeing ourselves as “someone who writes” to seeing ourselves as writers.  We asked all the Go Dog Go Baristas to tell us a little bit about their journey as a writer.  We hope you enjoy learning more about the Baristas and are inspired by their stories.

 

bty

When you did you start writing?

I have always been a scribbler and wrote lots of little stories in high school, was even school magazine Editor in my final year in high school. I moved a lot and lost my notebooks and now trying to recall some of those long lost stories. I write for my professional journals and editorials and am on a list of published authors for my profession in Malaysia. But I don’t really consider that “writing”! My eldest daughter encouraged me to start blogging in 2016 and I played around with writing different themes and topics, finally finding my passion for flash fiction and then for poetry. That’s when I felt like I was writing what really mattered to me. The Daily Prompts in WordPress gave birth to some memorable articles that I wrote inspired by just one word. I’d encourage new and young writers to try this and you will be exposed to a lot of feedback and make lovely new friends.

What kind of writing do you do?

I enjoy writing short stories the most but have fell behind after a personal crisis mid last year and so resorted to keeping my blog active by doing short book reviews and sharing songs and quotes that meant something to me. I am now writing a weekly post of my thoughts for 2018 based on prompts my friend sent me for a span of 52 weeks. I don’t think I will ever limit myself to a certain “type” of writing; I like to be challenged and also have a comfortable space to unleash my creativity and thoughts. I started writing poetry only in 2016 and found I had another avenue of expression. My favourite type of writing are the haibun, it’s tight and challenges me to be precise in short paragraphs. As for poetry I love composing an Ottava Rima as I find it the most challenging but I love the rhyming meter of this poetic form.

Where do you find inspiration for your writing?

My walks, my ordinary life, and the books I read and the movies I watch. Also from the relationships I have and have lost. My inspiration for stories comes from remembering my childhood. I think I write the best about the memories I have growing up and also of my time working and living abroad.

What are you current writing rituals/practices? 

I used to write every day and that was good for that time but then I sacrificed my reading time and also social interaction time. I felt disconnected from the real world. Now I write in the mornings in my journal and that’s a record of how I am feeling and the things I want to write more on later. I am setting aside time twice a week to sort my short stories out. I also write articles for a local magazine and get paid every month based on the number of articles I submit and are selected. I usually want to submit at least one a month. The topics for the magazine are given to me a month in advance so lots of time to decide what to write. Working full time, almost 10 hour days and being a single mum makes setting aside time very difficult but I try to manage time as best I can.

When did you start thinking of yourself as a writer?

I am not sure I ever have until my e-book was published and was discussed at my hometown poetry club and book club. I still don’t really call myself a writer as I feel I have so much more to learn and develop. I just love words and hope the words love me back! I write because I need to.

What are your future writing goals?

  1. to continue submitting to the local magazines here
  2. to attend poetry readings and literary fests for inspiration
  3. to set aside focused time to write new stuff
  4. to set aside time to get my written work in order to publish a book

“Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.”

–John Green

On Becoming A Writer: Amanda (Mandi)

An important part of every writer’s journey is the transition from seeing ourselves as “someone who writes” to seeing ourselves as writers.  We asked all the Go Dog Go Baristas to tell us a little bit about their journey as a writer.  We hope you enjoy learning more about the Baristas and are inspired by their stories.

Amanda resized

When you did you start writing?

Lol. Age 4 or 5 on a basic level. But really, as soon as I was 6 or 7 I was writing my own stories. I started journaling in a poetry type format when I was 10 years old and continued that until University where an English prof told me that journaling in the usual sense would improve my writing, so I did a bit with both. I got my BA in English Literature in 2007. At age 23 I had a psychotic episode out of no where. It was a brief episode and I was in hospital 3 week’s. My doctors put me on the right medication and the delusions etc stopped. Then, I had a depressive episode and lost my ability to read more than a page or two, to hand write in my usual manner. And to write how I could in University. I’ve never had a psychotic episode again luckily.

However,  I started blogging to improve my writing back to my university level and then, beyond. I’ve been at it going on 7 years I think. I’ve learned so much from so many other bloggers and from courses both on and off WordPress. I’ve become obsessed with creative writing in a good way.

What kind of writing do you do?

As I developed chronic fatigue from my depressive episode in 2008/2009 I’ve never recovered in the sense that I can work even part time in a regular work environment. But my writing has improved a great deal and I continue to learn and develop it. I do freelance writing as much as possible in academic writing for the humanities, social sciences, art, design, and business. I have done freelance beauty and skincare blogging which is also interesting. On my blog I write all kinds and forms of poetry and short fiction. I do beauty posts, quotes, and things such as that as well. Off it I continue to edit and someday publish a paranormal-romance novel with a fairytale essence to it. I also work on poetry and longer short stories to submit to literary and general writing sites and magazines.

Where do you find inspiration for your writing?

In my friends and family and through observation of people of all ages when I’m out and about. Television and the movies also make me think of ‘what if’ scenarios’ and I read a great deal in romance, mystery, suspense, literary novels, blogs of all kinds, fashion, and beauty, and all kinds of news stories. I do a lot of researching freelancing so that helps as well. My strongest inspiration comes from emotionally charged experiences I think.

What are you current writing rituals/practices? 

Write everyday no matter what. Often creative writing will warm me up or give me peace of mind after freelance work. Sometimes even if I’m so worn out I write all I can when inspired and leave the editing until the next day. Some of my best writing is in the afternoon or late evening. If I feel inspired I stop and write, I have to get it out usable idea or not.

When did you start thinking of yourself as a writer?

When I finished the first draft of my novel a couple of years back. Also, when I took editing courses and learned more about grammar and tools to improve that area. Once that improved I felt a lot more confident.

What are your future writing goals?

Currently, I want to polish and submit a short story developed from an old flash Fiction piece called “Deeper Waters” and than finish the second draft of my novel and work on the third. I need to incorporate better editing procedures and writing programs to organize my novel (and subsequent ones in the series).

I’ve discovered some great writing groups on Facebook that provide great feedback for 500 Words at a time and also answer a lot of writer questions from other writers. Also I have a good friend who is an excellent Beta reader.

I continue to submit poetry on Spillwords.com and wherever I can. My best advice is to polish your writing before submitting. Look at what different online or printed magazines are looking for in a piece of poetry or fiction (their tone and style) first. Then, adapt a piece you have or write a new one for the magazine. Follow their instructions carefully. Subscribing to Submittable is a great way to find out about places to publish your work.

 

On Becoming A Writer: Eugenia

An important part of every writer’s journey is the transition from seeing ourselves as “someone who writes” to seeing ourselves as writers.  We asked all the Go Dog Go Baristas to tell us a little bit about their journey as a writer.  We hope you enjoy learning more about the Baristas and are inspired by their stories.

Franci

When you did you start writing?

I started my first blog, BrewNSpew, in 2015, and a second blog, ThusNSuch, in 2017, which I consider my beginning in writing.

Previously, my writing was factual documentation in insurance policies, which outlined the occurrences for the policyholder and/or named insured. I also compiled the underwriting guidelines for a business I once owned and other organizations where I was employed.

What kind of writing do you do?

I write mostly poetry, however, I have a weekly event post that I publish on Tuesdays, which is a combo of trivia, quotes, and poetry. I also dedicate a portion of the post for the promotion of others. The theme for BrewNSpew is coffee and the weekly event is geared to coffee and chats in a cafe. I post 3 to 4 times a week on BrewNSpew.

My other blog, ThusNSuch, is dedicated to poetry and quotes.

Where do you find inspiration for your writing?

My inspiration is enjoying my favorite beverage, coffee, and nature. My writing area is situated next to a window where I can reach out to nature for my ideas. I enjoy creating and finding images related to nature to compliment my writing.

What are you current writing rituals/practices? 

I find mornings the best time to write when I am fresh and alert. I organize my thoughts before I start writing because I enjoy a seamless flow once I sit down to write.

I keep a Word document that I continually add to for ideas and inspiration. I access two public domain sites for most of my images. I use PicMonkey to create my collages, etc. I enjoy putting together the artistic imagery to compliment the literary imagery.

Oh, and very important, I enjoy background noise while writing preferably music.

When did you start thinking of yourself as a writer?

I feel I found my niche, where I enjoy what I write, in the latter part of 2016. I floundered for a while because I couldn’t shake the over simplistic and factual style of writing conducive to an insurance underwriter. Anything I wrote at that time was considered documentation that could be called into a court of law, therefore, there was no personal touch.

What are your future writing goals?

My goals are to enjoy and have pride in my work. Also, to promote others using my blogs as the tools to do so.

And to wrap this up, I believe in engagement, meaning interesting discussions within posts, and most important quality over quantity.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”-Maya Angelou

On Becoming A Writer: Linda Lee Lyberg

An important part of every writer’s journey is the transition from seeing ourselves as “someone who writes” to seeing ourselves as writers.  We asked all the Go Dog Go Baristas to tell us a little bit about their journey as a writer.  We hope you enjoy learning more about the Baristas and are inspired by their stories.

Linda

When you did you start writing?

I have written all of my life, mostly for those close to me. I started to get serious about my writing in February 2017.

What kind of writing do you do?

I write various forms of poetry, and short stories.

Where do you find inspiration for your writing?

A lot of my writing comes from personal experience. Nature inspires me, the supernatural intrigues me, and I love a story with a good hook at the end. I surround myself with books, and read all types- from instructional to inspiring to silly fun. I believe most writers have keen observational skills. We can make the most mundane situation interesting by letting our imaginations run free.

What are you current writing rituals/practices? 

For many years, I was an executive in the retail industry. I was always jotting ideas/challenges, meeting notes, etc. on legal pads, or on my phone/IPad. These days, my preference is blank unlined white paper, and a 9MM lead pencil. I like the freedom the unlined paper gives me. Plus- lined paper reminds me of my old life, one I would rather keep tucked away. While it served me well to make a financially rewarding living, it also kept my free spirit from truly shining. My writing comes from somewhere else- a magical, sacred place.  Most of my stories occur by practicing ‘letting the story write itself’.

When did you start thinking of yourself as a writer?

I started thinking of myself as a writer in February 2017, when I made the leap and started my blog. I wasn’t sure where the journey was going to take me, but I have learned to just let it flow and take me where I am supposed to be.  I remember when people first started commenting on my pieces- it was so encouraging. I love getting the feedback, but truly I write for me. I think most writers would agree.

What are your future writing goals?

I want to write a full length novel someday. I will know when the time and subject matter is right. And I want to publish a book of my poems. Mostly, I want to keep honing my craft and being the best writer I possibly can be.

“God is love is God is prose is art.”- Linda Lee Lyberg