A few weeks ago, Susan Defreitas, a friend and fellow MFAer (who blogs here), tagged me in a blog tour, where I was supposed to answer a few questions about my writing. I’m finally getting around to responding to those questions. I’m usually much quicker with this kind of thing, but a lot has been happening recently, pulling my attention elsewhere. That’s a topic for a different post, though.
So, on with the highly anticipated blog tour questions:
1) What am I working on?
I’m working on a memoir of faith. The past three years have been a time of profound spiritual transformation, as Jesus has moved further into my heart and begun clearing out all the detritus and decay. Because that is no easy feat, these years have also been, to put it bluntly, crap-tastic. Turns out, this Christianity thing is hard work. After two and a half years of suffering one blow after another—including a long bout of writer’s block—I realized, in order to process all of it, I needed to write it down. After I wrote a draft, I felt God saying, Good. That was for you. Now, turn it into something for others. So that’s what I’m doing.
2) How does my work differ from others in its genre?
I have no idea. Is there such a genre as literary faith writing? Only a few authors come to mind who might fit into this category, and I suppose my work is different than theirs because it’s not as tidy or as linear and because I let many of the questions hover in the air unanswered. This is the first time I’ve ever attempted a book-length work of nonfiction, so I’m still figuring it all out. Though my blog has been filled with nonfiction for years, I’ve always considered myself a novelist and short story writer. I guess that’ll be changing now.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I’m going to piggyback off Susan’s response (“Because I am who I am”) and reply with a verse from I Corinthians: “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect.” When you have a gift, you use it, and when that gift is writing, you write what comes to you, to the best of your ability, and when you doubt your abilities, you trust that the reason this story or poem or essay came to you was because no one can tell it quite like you can, and the world needs to hear what you have to say. And onward, you go.
4) How does my writing process work?
Again, I have no idea. But somehow, it always does.