Q and A about the Creative Process: Looks Like It’s My Turn

Q & A about the creative process

On with the creative process Q & A.

Thank you to naturelover of the Story Teller blog for inviting me on the Creative Process Blog Tour. It looks to be a fun place for a bit of blogging Q & A. It was nice of naturelover to nominate me.

Let’s start with the Rules:

Pass the tour on up to four other bloggers. Give them the rules and a specific Monday to post. Answer four questions about your creative process that lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires you to do what you do.Compose a one-time post on a specific Monday (date given by your nominator).

And on to the Q & A about the creative process. Here goes (something)…

Q #1: What am I working on at the moment?

A #1: I am writing posts regularly here and on my other blog When Women Inspire. Feel free to connect with me at the other blog too, if you haven’t already done so. As well, I am working on my second book, to release hopefully in the next few months. Pssst cover reveal coming soon!

Q #2: How does my work differ from others in my genre?

A #2: My blog is about poetry primarily, but it takes many forms; in the pages here you will find my original poems, as well as thoughts about poetry and analyses of poems. As well, I blog about book reviews, writing processes, and conduct interviews with authors. There is a variety, for sure. I hope that the selection makes Poetic Parfait compelling for readers.

Q #3: Why do I write and create what I do?

A #3: The reason I write poetry is because I like that poems look simple yet have a complexity to them when you really analyze the subject. It’s deceiving, quite often. I create poems in a unique voice because that is MY voice, and I want to be true to it. As for why I write creatively, in general, it’s a matter of not having another choice. It’s part of me; just as a painter would say they feel compelled to craft artworks, I feel compelled to write down thoughts, creations, anything and everything that involves the alphabet. My interests are diverse for reading and writing but, above all, my love is for the written word. I have a major crush on books.

Q #4: How do my writing and creative process work?

A #4: It varies, depending on the day, time, my mood, whether I am totally inspired at the moment or lacking in that area, and so many other variables. Above all though I can feel when I am “in the pocket” as singers say. In other words, I can tell when I am writing from my soul because I get this kind of fuzziness to me. It’s like I tune out everything but the computer screen in front of me. I prefer to type as I create rather than write by hand, although I make shorthand notes in pen on scraps of paper of ideas as they come to me so I won’t forget them later.

And now I get to nominate four fellow bloggers for the Creative Process Tour (to follow the rules above). I nominate:

Maleko’s Art (Mark)

Silver Threading (Colleen)

The V-Pub (Rob)

Desert Rose in Bloom (Emily Rose)

The Monday for submissions is March 30, but you are welcome to submit any day you want as far as I am concerned 🙂

What are you creating today?

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145 thoughts on “Q and A about the Creative Process: Looks Like It’s My Turn

  1. reocochran

    I am amazed at your first book’s being published let along another one on the way, Christy! I also will enjoy seeing the cover design. Way to go, Christy!
    I draw pen and ink illustrations, filling them in with watercolor. I have written three children’s books but have not been successful in the past, in publishing. I enjoyed using one of my books as a ‘tool’ while a child advocate at a battered women’s shelter, another for what we called, “Ecumenical Peace Camp,” which included five churches in my small town of Delaware, Ohio.
    So, what I am working now on is my niece’s baby name picture. Her baby’s name is jackson Alexander White, but shall be called, Jack White. I hear there is a rocker with that name but I only know of Jack Black, for his funny movies such as, “School of Rock” and romantic comedy called, “The Holiday.” He was very sweet with Kate Winslet as his romantic partner. I liked my last baby name picture in February, which was for a baby named Liam, where the mother wanted monkeys so I had them playing in the snow, even a monkey making a snow angel. These are my projects… smiles!

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Your projects sound wonderful! The baby name pictures sound priceless and genuine! I am so thankful for your willingness to give in ways that use your creativity to help others – and I am glad to know you! Your comment tells me you are a giving spirit and we will have many more great conversations! Smiles for sure 🙂

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  2. Natacha Guyot

    I love this kind of posts! It’s a treat to read about other people’ creative process! I love both your blogs and good luck with your current projects! Looking forward to the cover reveal! 🙂

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  3. markbialczak

    Great sharing, Christy. You forgot about the part where you wait until the little beads of blood form on your forehead, right? 😉

    I can relate to your feeling about being in the pocket. When I got going writing a concert review on deadline, it felt as if the words were coming directly from my brain onto the screen without my fingers being involved in the typing process at all. I called it The Zone. Newspaper journalism and poetry are so different, sure, but good writing is still good writing. 🙂

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  4. charlypriest

    You said at the end “I can tell when I´m writing from my soul” Isn´t that true also for me.
    Hey, you should interview me when I win the Pullitzer price ( I think I spelled out pulitzer wrong….)

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  5. Ste J

    I like that writing and creating your art is innate, I crush majorly on books as well, I hope we never end up vying for a particular copy because that could get very awkward.

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  6. yprior1

    really loved this part
    “I can tell when I am writing from my soul because I get this kind of fuzziness to me.”
    and this was a great C –u gnifique écrivain – 🙂 ❤

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  7. megdekorne

    Christy dear …I’m so glad it is your time …I especially liked hearing about your personal creative process …and Yes , I feel your soul through your writing which brings forth such beauty …love, xxxmeg

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  8. Debbie

    Congratulations, Christy, on this recognition, and thank you for the peek into your writing world! We all do it a bit differently, you know, but we love comparing notes as to how others create.

    Ooh, a cover reveal — how exciting! You’re way farther along on the publishing path than I am, and I’m eager to hear and learn of your experiences!

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Comparing notes is fun, isn’t it? We get to see how we are unique in our processes, which usually have us in isolation. I am glad to share more about the book as it comes along… and thanks for being so motivational in spirit for me, Debbie!! xx

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  9. D.G.Kaye

    It’s always great to learn about other writer’s creative process. Thanks for sharing Christy. I too enjoy those ‘fuzzy’ moments when I know I’m on to something. 🙂 xo

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Hi Karen, I know it’s tough but it really helps to make connections online with publishers, even before you start your next book. As in the real world, a lot of it is who you know and timing too. Plus, you can self publish too 🙂

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      1. Karen

        Thank you! What’s the best site to find publishers? I’m still trying to figure out wordpress too lol. I don’t have a clue as to where to network. Yes but self publishing is sooo much work ;D.

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        1. Christy Birmingham Post author

          Publishers are everywhere, my friend 🙂 Google them, look for them on your favorite social media networks and get to know other authors – you’ll start making connections. It all depends what types of book genres they accept and when their submission periods are. Happy Friday!

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  10. A.K.Andrew @artyyah

    I love hearing about other people’s creative process, and I think you’re right about poetry being a very personal thing. Much more so than fiction I find, though I’m not much of a poet. And thanks so much for the heads up on your other website. I’m impressed that you can maintain two, but it looks really interesting too. Thanks Christy for letting us get to know you a little better:-)

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  11. Sherri

    Wonderful reading about your writing process Christy, I relate so much to the way you describe those moments when you feel ‘fuzzy’ when you are lost in your writing. It is a great feeling isn’t it? I never want those times to end 😉 Will check out your other blog too, thanks for linking to it 🙂 x

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  12. Heartafire

    It’s great learning about you Christy and how your writing process works, its very exciting. I have visited your other blog, congrats on that, it’s great ❤ 🙂

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      1. Sarah Potter Writes

        Yes, I remember your “love in ten sentences” and thought it wonderful. The challenge I’ve nominated you for is slightly different, as it’s “love in ten lines” — 4 words per line and with the word love in each one of them. But I do understand if you want a break from writing about love, Christy, after having already weaved a poem of such perfection on the subject 🙂

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        1. Christy Birmingham Post author

          I’m sorry I mistook it for being the same challenge, Sarah. Yes, it has been a busy time here and ramping up for my book launch next month too. I hope all is going well for you! Thank you for the lovely compliment on my poem too – so kind! I enjoyed reading your creative words as well!

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      1. SASS-A-FR-ASS

        I humbly thank you…
        The old saying “it takes one to know one” fits rather well I think. 🙂
        Your blog and content are truly beautiful, inspiring and a pure delight!! 🙂 🙂

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  14. JL0073

    Very fascinating as I’m always curious about what motivates other writers. I’m not sure how I would answer all those questions since I’m stll learning about blogging. May you continue to be inspired.

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  15. Norah

    I loved finding out these little snippets of information about you, Christy. Reading #2 about your genre of poetry and what I can find on this blog gives extra meaning to its title. I hadn’t thought about it before, but now I admire it’s poetry: Poetic Parfait! Delicious!

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  16. theburningheart

    I have been a reader all my life since I learnt to read at the age of five, father said to me: “read this!” and I did, it was a book of adventure design for teenagers, about 120 pages long, read it in a single day, went to father and ask him for another one!
    And never stop reading since, I went through my father’s library in a few years, at the age of ten start saving in order to buy my own books, luckily for me both my parents helped me a bit, plus father a reader was bringing books home all the time.
    However through my life never thought of writing, I guess we all have a point when we decide to do it for whatever reasons we happen to have at the time, if you look at my blog, the first post I publish, that’s the date I started to write.
    I figure writing, at least in my case was an osmosis process, first I had to be saturated by reading, and then the process inverted, and like a wet rag start dripping stuff!
    Of course I keep reading, but for many years didn’t read novels anymore, mainly History, Philosophy, Ontology,in particular and other subjects, now I am back mainly reading classics, and the occasional new novel right now I am reading Dmitry Bykov’s Living Souls, just finished Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin, The crime of Father Amaro by Eça de Queiroz,, Leopoldo Alas,La Regenta, and Pio Baraja’s Zalacain the adventurer, and of course I got a pile of books by my bedside!
    About what I gone write next time, I got no idea, it just comes to me in a flash of insight, and have to make a note, otherwise I would forget! 🙂

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    1. Christy B Post author

      Oh how wonderful to learn of your reading from the time you were a child and I can just see you combing through your father’s library! It makes me smile 🙂 I adore reading and often lose track of time while I do so. I get lost in the worlds of fiction and poetry. I sometimes read a non-fiction book but, for the most part, it is fiction and poetry. I’m glad you have returned to fiction reading and the classics is a good choice. I recently reread Wuthering Heights and will publish a post soon on some reflections I have about it. Sending you kind thoughts for your day and so nice to read your comment! I’m glad you have taken to writing as otherwise we may not have connected! 🙂

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      1. theburningheart

        We certainly will be looking forward for that post, a couple of weeks ago saw a blog where someone reviews every movie made about Wuthering Heights, quite a long post, I had no idea how many remakes it had.
        After seeing how many responses you have to your posts feel I shouldn’t comment on your blog, it has to be exhausting for you to read so many blogs, and answer so many responses!
        You may feel about blogging like I feel now at my twitter account! 😦
        Have a great weekend!
        You are doing a great work keep it up! 🙂

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        1. Christy B Post author

          Haha no I like comments! It’s a highlight of the blogging experience for me. It takes me a while sometimes to get to all the blogs but I always learn so much from the posts. And learning gets me excited 🙂 That’s probably one of the main reasons I like reading, along with the escapism factor. I saw your Twitter account the other day and it is full of wonderful gems of goodness. Have a great weekend!~

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