Why Do You Write?

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I’ve been tagged!

Sheila of A Steward’s Heart has given me the privilege of continuing the Blog Hop topic of “Why Do You Write?” I’ve never met Sheila in person, but I have no doubt, we would have a lot to talk about if we ever do. She and her husband serve as missionaries in Italy, spreading God’s Word and the good news of Jesus Christ to those who have been “forgotten” by much of the world.

To participate in the Blog Hop, I have to answer 4 questions regarding my writing.

What am I working on/writing?

I’m always working on writing posts for the blog with topics covering different aspects of stewardship. Many people think stewardship is all about money, but it’s not the only thing. It’s the idea that what you have ultimately doesn’t belong to you because they truly belong to God. A steward is not an owner, but a manager, taking care of someone else’s property. So really, everyone is a steward, but not everyone is a good steward. The posts I write are mainly about how to be a good steward of all that has been entrusted to you: money, possessions, time, skills, and relationships … just to name a few.

I also like to write about our family, outside of the blogosphere. I keep up a family timeline, writing significant events that have happened in our family since my husband and I started dating. I also have a journal for each child, which is a collection of notes from Mommy (and sometimes Daddy), which I try to write in now and then. If I keep up with it, I plan to give the journal to each child as a gift when they turn 18. I do all this because I want to leave a memorable legacy to my children.

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How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre?

I know there are a lot of “mom” blogs out there. And, I’m sure the topics that I write about are not unique. But, I hope that I bring something different to the table because my experiences are my own. The topics I write about, though perhaps nothing earth-shaking, are from my heart, fueled by circumstances in my life as well as my faith.

Why do I write what I do?

My desire to encourage others to be better stewards is not merely so you can feel good about yourself. Though, that can happen. Nothing wrong with feeling good. It’s not merely so others feel good … nothing wrong with that either. But underneath all the layers of doing good to one another, I hope that you can discover that the source of all that goodness is God Himself. What motivates me (and I hope what motivates you) to live a life with purpose and intentionally making the most of all that I have is because God is good indeed.

How does my writing process work?

I do have a process. I have to, or I will not be able to balance this passion of writing with all the other passions in my life.

Topics for future posts are always popping in my head, so I try to jot them down before I forget. At the end of the week, usually Friday, I create a schedule for the following week. I try to post 3 to 4 times a week. Once I have a schedule, I start working on each post. So the bulk of my writing really happens on the weekends. Sometimes I have a good block of time. Sometimes it’s a stop-and-go process.

I’m finding that the writing process is very challenging because of all my other responsibilities as a mom. It’s important to have good accountability. My husband is totally supportive of what I’m doing here, but he is also aware that I cannot pursue this to the neglect of my family and my God. It’s not always what I want to hear, but I need to hear it.

Passing it on

Well, to spread the blog hop love, I want to pass this on to two wonderful bloggers! I hope you get a chance to visit them!

Sasha blogs about her world of being a mom of two little ones at Hugs, Kisses, and Dirty Diapers: “Although it is my job to teach them, it seems most days I am the student. They are opening my eyes to life’s beauty and strength.”

Jennifer understands the challenges of having a full-time job and providing budget-friendly, quick meals for your family. She has a lot of useful kitchen tips to share. Check out her site at Kitchen Serf: “I created Kitchen Serf to help all of us find quick, delicious recipes so we stay out of the frozen food aisles and drive-thru lanes.”

What inspires you to keep doing what you’re doing? I would love to hear about it!

 

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33 thoughts on “Why Do You Write?

  1. I write because I feel compelled to put words on paper. I write because I am excited to learn how to implement the new techniques I’ve learned. I write because it is a way of sharing that which interests me and my professional and experience. Loved you remarks!

    1. Thank you for sharing what inspires you to write! It’s inspiring for me when I hear from other bloggers/writers what makes them tick.

  2. I like this post! I love finding out more behind the scenes, what makes other bloggers tick and how they do things. Thanks for sharing this and the other bloggers. I’ll have to check them out!

    1. Thanks, Cat! I think this exercise was helpful for me to revisit my goals and purposes for blogging. It’s easy to lose the focus that you had when you started.

  3. Thank you so much for highlighting my blog! I am truly honored!! I loved reading all about your writing process. I will post mine Monday or Tuesday I think. 🙂

    1. The honor is mine. Thank you for being willing to participate! I look forward to reading your post!

  4. I write because it makes me sane. And happy. And I love that you write about your own experieces. People can often relate to personal experiences I think.

    Sometimes I schedule my post, sometimes it’s instant or on the fly or whatever comes to mind as long as it’s sensible. 🙂

    1. Sanity … yes! I hear that a lot. But it’s no joke, right? Everything around us, including ourselves sometimes go at lightning speed. Writing kind of forces us to slow down, even stop and ponder before proceeding. It’s a healthy process.

  5. It’s fun to get to know you in light of your life as a blogger. I really respect and relate to your heart in this. It has been fun getting to know you better as a fellow blogger. I look forward to continuing that relationship. Keep up the great work!

    1. The feeling is mutual! I have been very encouraged whenever I read your blog. You write about topics that are very near and dear to my heart. Praise The Lord for allowing us to connect!

  6. Great post, Ai! I really enjoyed it, and can’t wait to follow up on your links. We just got back from our month in “Beyond Forgotten”, so I’m catching up on stuff, especially since we leave again on Thursday, but I’ll surely be reading the others’ posts before then!

    I also like your writing process–as usual, I learn a lot on your blog. You’ve got such great ideas! Thanks for keeping the hop hopping, and I hope your week will be hopping with blessings!

    1. It’s good to hear from you again, Sheila! Hope you’re time of ministry was fruitful! Welcome back!

    1. I love your writing! If you say you’re winging it, then you’re a writing genius! And the stick figure drawings help too! 🙂

  7. Writing is my therapy. It helps me see the humor in the frustrating side of being a stay at home mom. Turns out, it’s also really fun and I am creating a collection of stories about my babies as they grow.

  8. This is a great way to learn more about you. My website partner can totally relate to having the writing process interrupted by the family. She had to leave the house yesterday to get some writing done.

    1. It’s challenging. We started homeschooling again today, and I had to schedule in blogging to early in the morning or before going to bed.

  9. ” It’s the idea that what you have ultimately doesn’t belong to you because they truly belong to God.” – Amen!!

  10. I’ve only just started blogging (I’m almost 2 months in), but I have really enjoyed the whole experience. I am a teacher-turned-stay-at-home mom so I felt I was missing getting the chance to be creative and work hard towards a goal. I hope to continue to keep up the blogging. Sites like yours definitely inspire me! I love your idea of stewardship.

    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting! Congrats on starting the blog! It’s a great creative outlet, right?

  11. I always enjoy reading what you write, and today is no exception. I like that you write down a schedule of posts. That makes so much sense! I usually have a couple ideas swimming around and then they come out when they’re ready. 🙂 I liked getting to know you better.

    1. Aww, thank you, Melissande! Scheduling helps me keep things organized, but actually writing the posts can be a challenge because it’s tough finding good blocks of time to do it.

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