Updated January 20, 2016
Meg Dendler and I share a passion for cats, and recently exchanged guest posts at each other’s’ blogs. Her story, Buddy’s Tale, brought tears to my eyes.
I reciprocated with Abby’s Secret Identity. Getting to know Meg has been a joy and I’m truly privileged to have such a dynamic lady for a colleague.
When Meg, at www.MegDendler.com honored me with her invitation to participate in "The Writing Process Blog Hop", I gladly accepted
If you haven’t already, I highly recommend reading her books, Why Kimba Saved the World, Vacation Hiro and Miss Fatty Cat's Revenge. Her kitties are delightful and her books have wide appeal. I can’t wait for her newest release, based on her feline pet “Buddy”; it’s coming out soon!
After months of analysis, it became glaringly apparent my original author website would not be viable or successful for the long-term. I spent the holidays and winter months breaking out the three major topics that had business potential.
Gluten-free recipes and road trips now have their own websites, GlutenFreeHomemade.com and RoadTripExplore.com, and I re-branded my original author website, CatsStories.com; it's all about "catitude"! As of this date, I’m proud to say my websites are a growing success.
During this process I've fulfilled several guest post invitations, infused all my websites with some new material, and started working on my next book in the Road Trip Explore! Series, which I hope to have published in eBook and paperback before the end of the year.
I love this question! The answer is simple.
All the topics I write about are things I love and enjoy, or are a significant part of my life. Sharing them from my unique experience, expertise, and perspective is a pleasure. If what I write can make the world a better place for even one person in some way, then I've accomplished what I’m all about.
A short time ago, I faced the vast unknown. One moment I was fine, working at a full-time job I loved, completing studies to advance my career, and caring for my family.
Before the day was out, I was dying from complications of a killer flu. I danced with death for over a year.
Life as I had known it had changed forever.
Unable to resume my career or previous lifestyle, I was lost on the trail for the first time in my life. Facing this vast unknown was a risky challenge. My reality was each day might be my last.
Life is terribly and wonderfully precious. . .
. . . and I held on tight to that determined spirit “to live the adventure”, and the desire to make my life beautiful.
Following that major life altering illness, my husband suggested I take up writing again. I dusted off that dream after having shelved it for decades while getting on with the business of nurturing family life.
So, I dove in. I asked myself, “If others can do it, why can’t I?”
My gifts to share were the things that made my life an adventure. I threw in my penchant for cats, and thought I might help others by sharing some gluten-free recipes I have developed over the years.
By doing something every day to achieve my dream, persevering through learning curves, overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges, and disregarding naysayers . . . . I’m accomplishing what I set out to do.
Never have I been one of those people who can run off at the fingers. Instead, I let the topic soak into my brain. I tend to mull it over while doing daily chores, jotting down keywords, phrases and ideas, and I sleep on the subject for a couple of nights, sometimes more . . .
. . . until the idea gels and takes form.
Think of my writing process as collecting puzzle pieces and then sorting them into some kind of order that makes sense.
I don’t always know where to start. It’s never at the beginning. I start at the place where the “puzzle pieces” fit together; they begin to take on form, and then I work out from there. I might work on several parts at the same time, a little here, a little there.
At some point, everything starts to fall into place, a whole picture emerges, albeit a little rough around the edges.
That’s when the beginning jumps out at me, and I start working there, and reworking it, blending, smoothing, refining, until the puzzle is no longer just a bunch of funny shaped pieces put together, but a painting depicting the vision I have in my head.
“If something you read changes your life, it becomes your reality.” The author of the Product of Culture Trilogy, James is also an Information Technology Professional and Consultant. As a minister of Jehovah’s Witnesses, James generously shares the Holy Bible’s valid hope to men and women of all cultures. Visit James at www.PocBooks.com. You can find James on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.