Writing Process Blog Tour
Thanks Gayle Thompson for the Writing Process Blog Tour invite! The Writing Process Blog Tour is an opportunity for writers to share a bit about their process and learn from one another. You can click here to see what Gayle wrote, then follow the tour backwards from there to see what everyone has written so far about their process.
My friend Gayle is an entertainment reporter for TheBoot.com and is working on a science fiction novel, a cookbook, and women’s fiction. You can follow her on Twitter @gaylelthompson, on Facebook, or on her blog at gaylelthompson.blogspot.com.
As for me, even though I’m an ordained pastor and worked full-time on a church staff in Nashville, TN, I’ve loved writing and done it as a hobby for most of my life. When I got laid off of my job at the church in 2010, I realized that writing may be something I needed to focus on more as a career than a hobby. When I got married and was able to stay at home, I made a commitment to focus on writing as my job. I’ve had two babies in the last two years and that has taken much of my energy, but I continue to write whenever I have any spare time at all.
What am I working on?
Right now I’m working on finding an agent or publisher for my personal memoir, based on my experience of waiting for God to fulfill the promises He made to me. For many years I struggled and waited, digging in to my relationship with God although I saw very few results. It made me wonder if God was punishing me or if I was crazy to believe, but I decided to trust God anyway. God has fulfilled His promises to me in amazing ways over the last several years, showing me what it means to receive “exceedingly, abundantly, above all I could ask for or think.” My book is about the lesson I learned in the waiting process and the wonder of God’s redemption and grace.
I also continue to update my blog and do speaking engagements. I enjoy the opportunity to preach and speak to churches and church groups. I’ve been the special speaker for women’s groups, youth groups, and in church services across the eastern United States.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My work is unique because I take serious topics and infuse humor and personal revelation and mix it with devotional and spiritual qualities. I believe we learn best when there’s something we can connect to personally. I look at my life circumstances as opportunities to learn and grown and enjoy sharing those growth opportunities with others.
Why do I write what I do?
I write what I do because it’s what comes naturally to me. I’ve attempted to write fiction and I lose interest quickly. I’ve also tried my hand at poetry and song writing. I just feel best about non-fiction. It’s my hope that others can benefit from my experiences and that I can minister to others through my writing.
How does your writing process work?
My writing process is pretty simple. When I get some time to write, I sit down at the computer and write. I often have no idea what I want to say until I put my fingers to the keys. That’s what I love so much about writing… As my fingers hit the keys, my thoughts pour out and I often surprise myself. I typically have to weed through all I’ve written to find something worth publishing and expand on that idea, but the truth of how I feel comes pouring out through my fingers onto the screen. It’s my therapy. It’s my prayer life.
I’m not someone who disciplines myself to write at a particular time every day, or even writes every day. I have two small children, but I can’t even blame them. I did the same thing before they came along. Even though I don’t write every day, I’m often “writing” stories in my mind as I go throughout my day. Those stories help me generate ideas, but the things that get published are typically the ones that just come to me as I sit down to write.
Don’t get me wrong though. Although I’m not particularly regimented in my writing, I do set aside time regularly to work. I have an office, a desk, a file system, and office hours with childcare. I also constantly educate myself by reading books on writing, doing writing exercises, talking about writing with others, reading other blogs, and going to writer/speaker conferences. I journal regularly and also write my prayers. I just love to write.
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Shannan Parker is a devotional writer and speaker. She began her career in a southern gospel trio called The Parker Trio, traveling and ministering with her husband Warren. After 9 1/2 years of marriage, Warren stepped off their tour bus to help their driver park and was killed when a drunk driver hit him. With everything she loved stripped from her life, Shannan has been allowing God to fill her up and use what happened for His glory. She hopes to be married again some day and have the family she’s always longed for. She blogs about her journey at www.shannanparker.wordpress.com.