Just got off the phone today with the group of bloggers I’ll be on a panel with at the upcoming BlogHer annual conference in New York. And what a group it is: funny, thoughtful women, all prolific writers. I’ll be the moderator of the session, called How to Use Your Blogging to Make You a Better Writer. Here’s the line-up:
- Humor writer Mary McCarthy of Pajamas and Coffee, who posts about such things as testing a duck-shaped dildo
- Suzanne Reissman of Cuss and Other Rants, a New York public policy wonk by day and writer of various rants on her blog
- Jennifer McGuiggan of The Word Cellar, who ‘s working on her MFA and blogs about the writing process.
After the session on August 7, I’ll be signing books, so if you happen to be at the conference, please stop by and say hi.
Elisa Camahort, one of the co-founders of BlogHer, was on the call and brought up how the writing process can vary based on whether you’re an introvert or extravert. When she has a writing project, she writes it first in her head, over and over, and by the time it comes out it’s fully formed and she doesn’t have to do many drafts or revisions.
Jennifer said, on the other hand, she must be an extrovert, where the piece evolves from writing or talking. She might have the nugget of an idea, but doesn’t necessarily know what it will be. She has to write it down to discover what she thinks and how she wants to approach it.
Do you fall into either of these camps? (I’m definitely in with Jennifer. I build on the part I’ve already worked out in my head.) Maybe you’ve never thought about it until now. If not, how does your writing process work?