The problem with wanting to be a writer? It takes lots and lots of time spent writing. That’s why I’m not around here as much…that and the pretty crazy season we’re moving into at work.
Several people have asked me what writing projects I’m working on right now, so here’s a list for those who are interested.
Wisebread.com–Wisebread is a personal finance blog aimed mainly at young people who are in the workforce for the first time, though in reality the audience seems much broader than that. I write weekly or bi-weekly, and I stay at it though it’s not my favorite topic because it’s good for me to write regularly and to get feedback from an audience, because I get some money from the ads on the site, and because I love the team of writers I get to work with.
The blog–I’d love to do some personal essays on here, though right now it’s probably going to remain a lot like it has been–newsy, fun, and a lot about me. I like blogging and it helps me keep in touch with people I care about but don’t get to see very often. It’s good practice for me as a writer, too.
Storytelling and Spiritual Growth–I’ve been thinking on this topic for a while and am finally pulling my thoughts together into an essay. Honestly, it could be a lot longer than that, but writing it out concisely helps me solidify what I’m thinking. I’m not quite sure of the market for this piece yet (though it’s more a matter of, “Which market?” not, “Is there a market?”). I’m writing this because the topic is something I’m interested in that I also think is importan. It’s in the “one and a half draft” stage, so it might be some time before it’s ready to publish.
Fiction exploring grief–Grief is something that I’ve latched on to over the last year or so as important, both in general and in the direction of my life (I’m exploring what it would take to work with grieving people). This story will explore the necessity of grief in the story of a woman who loses her soldier-husband in Iraq and tries to love again several years later. It’s also in the “one and a half draft” stage. I wasn’t sure, for a while, how long it would be, but now I believe it will be a novel.
Personal essay/memoir on engagement–When I was engaged, I thought a lot about what that meant and what was going on in that time and recorded some of it. I also wanted to find some literature on what happens when you’re engaged beyond the wedding planning, but I didn’t find anything that looked like what I was looking for. I’d like to turn my musings on my engagement into a book for engaged couples so they can think about and use that time as more than a crash course in event planning. This is in about the stage as the two pieces above.
If you’re wondering about my “one and a half draft” stage, it means that I’ve done a good deal of free writing on the topic and I’m now putting those ideas into a structure and format for the first time. So I’m revising what I have but it’s not coherent enough to be deemed a draft. So many of my bigger pieces are in this stage because free writing is easy for me, so it goes quickly and is something I did before I recommitted myself to my writing. Organizing and piecing together the ideas I write about in different areas is much, much harder, and I’m doing a lot of that now.