26 September 2014

I am a Writer

Tayler tagged me to write a post about my writing process, and I added a 5th question so I could join up with the ever-popular 5 things + Friday craze. Because only having 4 points in a post published on Friday would be heresy, apparently.

 Learning to play Chinese Chess deserves to be written about.

1) What are you working on?
Other than blog posts, I'm working on a manuscript for a possible book that has gone through several different forms. I'm at about 30,000 words of rough draft right now. The theme is basically hitherto unwritten yet true stories, working title at the moment: I Never Even Liked Traveling. If this ends up as awesome as I hope it will, I'm thinking of a possible self-publish release date next summer.

2) How does your work differ from others of its type/genre?
 I'm more ornery than the average blogger, I'd say. I like to write from the unpopular point of view--i.e. in favor of CAPTCHA or anti-yoga pants. One of my signature moves is to write about something utterly ridiculous in a very serious way. I'm more likely to write tutorials on how to send fake secret admirer letters than tutorials on how to host a surprise 30th birthday party for your husband. Possibly my favorite piece I've ever written was entitled: "On the Dangers of a Bowl of Canned Prunes"  (never published on the blog, perhaps I should add it to the book).

Also, my pictures are rather bad for a professional blogger. I recognize that, and I claim it as something that sets me apart from the majority of bloggers who aren't married to Angels who think that actually focusing and framing a picture is for normal people.

3) Why do you write what you write about?
 Because people need to know more about the art of fake secret admirer letters. That's one prank that should never die out. My blog has to be called "random" because the motivations for my writing are very different--sometimes I want to inspire and challenge people to live differently, to do more than what average society expects of them....sometimes I want to give others a glimpse at what an unusual life looks like...and other times I just feel inspired to write about how passionately I love my beautiful red microwave.

I want to be a writer, and I know I am one--even if no one but Angel and my mom read what I wrote, I'd still be a writer, but I honestly would like to expand my portfolio of published works as time goes on. I'm not overly modest. I know I have a talent for writing funny nonfiction, and occasionally I can produce an inspirational piece that's better than the average "viral" article. But all the aspects of getting read beyond simply writing and editing are beyond me. I did have that one secret plan to marry the son of a publishing tycoon in order to further my career but that strategy failed when I fell in love with a nurse. Bigamy is illegal, as it should be, however inconvenient it may be for my career.

4) How does your writing process work?  
It often starts with me pestering my husband or parents or siblings for writing ideas, and writing them all down furiously in a notebook. I then ignore the vast majority of their ideas, or twist them so that they are no longer recognizable, and write them down whenever I have a free moment. Posts that I'm absolutely in love with I always have to post right away. When I'm writing about a more serious topic, I usually like to sit on the post for a few weeks, keep going back and re-reading and editing to make sure it's saying precisely what I want it to say.

5) What is your most popular post of all time, and why?
 It's that ridiculous Anti-Yoga Pants post. By a long shot. That post is years old and it still gets regularly more views than any other post on my blog. Why? I have absolutely no idea. Did I somehow hit an SEO jackpot in my wording of the post? Are a lot of people searching for posts about why I dislike yoga pants so much? I don't know. It's definitely not the best post on my blog. In general, I've always found outfit posts to do best on the blog as far as stats go, even though they don't contain my most interesting writing. Weird.

Have any of you done the writing process tag? What's your most popular post of all time, and why?


  1. Lol 'Tickle Porn' is my most popular and I know why: because people are sick. So either way it is what it is - if people are visiting that's good right? Yeah my writing process is inspiration - It's like a lightbulb, my topics just hit me smack in the face and I start researching and writing right then and there. I get inspired a lot at work. Best of luck with your manuscript and have a great weekend Rachel! -Iva

  2. hey i just did this too! except yours is way funnier-maybe i should go edit mine. now i want to write fake tutorials on things and way to be anti-yoga pants! i'm okay with them but only the ones my mom buys me from costco because you are stupidly expensive at those fancy stores.

    keep randomly writing because i love it!

    my writing process on more serious things usually sticks in my draft box for quite some time too. in has been here for about 6 months and i should probably get a move on but fear is real.

  3. Knowing you have a fake secret admirer letter tutorial makes me love you even more.

  4. The funny thing is, I don't remember your anti-yoga pants post. off to read...

  5. Isn't it funny which posts get the most attention? Usually not the ones we are hoping. :)

  6. Now I need to read that post... I don't think I ever did! I don't have a writing process so when I was asked if I wanted to be tagged, I had to shamefully decline. I don't think writing on my laptop in my pajamas is worth sharing broadly.

  7. Enjoyed this post on your writing process! Very interesting! I love your style!

  8. Enjoyed your post a lot! Thanks!

  9. I love your posts and randomness! I'd definitely say that's what sets you apart!

  10. This is fun! It's interesting too hear how other people do this blogging thing. (And I was cracking up about your publishing tycoon idea... do you have an unmarried relative you can steer in that direction instead?) #SITSBlogging

  11. This is a great post! I absolutely adore your writing style!

  12. One of my favorite posts of yours is the one you wrote where you put mason jars everywhere and took pictures of it. Your book sounds interesting! I like your writing process. It sounds quite similar to mine in many aspects. :)