Two Mondays back, Mara Eastern picked me for the Virtual Blog Tour event which requires me to share my creative process and introduce 3 other fellow bloggers. Before I even begin to answer the following set of questions, I would like to introduce you to some of Mara’s work. She’s an Eastern European (Czech) academic who specialises in humour. And if you are/were a history student, like myself, you will be intrigued by her unique perspective as a child in the Soviet Union. You can find them here and here.
- What are you currently working on?
I am not actively working on anything per se; but more of random posts as and when the creative spirits choose to possess me. Although I’ve been meaning to start on a piece about my ‘smoke-free’ living, I can never seem to find the time.
- How does your work differ from others in the same genre?
There is no specific genre. Most of my work are autobiographical, or embellished recounts. So I guess they are unique. I have also dabbled a little with fiction. I don’t know exactly how they differ from others, but hopefully they carry a unique perspective.
- Why do you write (create ) what you do?
I started this blog because my brain was degenerating. After two years of vulgar and thoughtless language in the army, I was losing my command over the English Language. So, I decided that I should start writing. Now that my brain has adapted back to normal, I write simply to improve myself.
- How does your creative process work?
If you haven’t already guessed, there isn’t a specific creative formula I adhere to. I usually just sit on my bed cross-legged – similar to that of Buddha when he meditated for enlightenment (except that my macbook is in front of me). I call out to the creative spirits and wait patiently. Usually nothing happens. I’m still working on this though. I’ll update you if I find a better alternative.
- Abby Boid writes at cogitoergomum. This philosopher turned full-time mom, has got really fascinating things to say and an interesting perspective to go along with. And I thoroughly enjoyed her post on her ‘Frozen’ addiction.
- Amelia Groves has written really inspiring posts about the craft of writing. Specifically, you should read what she has to say about ‘free writing’. Also, be inspired by her 150-word flash fiction challenges right here.
- Learn how to write creatively with TP Hogan. I recommend you try her ‘What If’ method.