The lovely ladies here at Dating & Hookup asked me to participate in this blog roll about my writing process. And I said yes. So here are some questions about writing, along with my answers. I want you guys to answer them, too!
Some background: I’ve been blogging on my blog, Apocalypstick, since 2009. I also write for HelloGiggles, Dating & Hookup (obviously), Thought Catalog, XoJane, and We Love Dates. My work has also appeared on The Frisky, This Recording, and in Genlux magazine. I’ve been published in Indie Chick magazine and in the books The Jewish Daughter Diaries and my own book, I Forgot To Be Famous. I tend to write about dating/relationships, living in Los Angeles, and pop culture.
Okay, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the questions, shall we?
1. What am I working on?
In addition to my regular columns and articles for HelloGiggles, Dating & Hookup, Thought Catalog, etc, I just started writing regularly for We Love Dates and No Strings Dating blogs. But I’m also working on a pilot. It’s like Girls but set in Los Angeles. (Someone had to do it, right?) It’s a little zanier than Girls and there’s also more dudes. It’s in its very early stages and I’m almost paranoid even talking about it, but I feel I gotta put good vibes out there, right?
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Man, I’m just hoping it does. I guess it’s different because of its (I’ve been told) “ballsy” approach. I’m very honest in my writing. I hold nothing back, for better or for worse. Also, it’s hard for me to go one blog post without dropping a Simpsons reference. So there’s that.
3. Why do I write what I do?
Everyone says “write what you know.” I do that and believe that, but I also believe in “write what you love.” I love Los Angeles and stories of dates gone awry. I love obscure pop culture references. I love 1960′s dieting and beauty tips. So really, I take all of that and churn it out into what I hope is honest and fearless writing. I’m a very anxious person but I think in writing, it works to my advantage; it seems like the more anxieties I have, the stronger the writing.
4. How does my writing process work?
It often involves a lot of false starts. I’ll think I’ll have something only to scrap it. Or I’ll have an idea and then take my sweet time actually getting on it. Once I have the idea though and feel confident about it, I just attack it. I don’t outline or anything. Sometimes I’ll have some notes to work on, but generally, I dive in headfirst, hoping the proverbial water is deep enough and I don’t hit my head on the bottom like a jackass. With my pilot, I had some lines in mind and some characters, so I just started writing, and thankfully, it all came out. That’s generally how I write. I just attack the damn thing, like it’s one big cookie and I’m the Cookie Monster.
5. And the other part of this question, how does my writing process not work?
I don’t know how to answer this, because if it doesn’t work, I make it work. I guess though, my biggest problems with writing are in structure. I have great lines and great flow, but sometimes my structure, especially for TV writing, is a little off. I guess that’s because of my “screw it, we’ll do it live” approach to writing. But really, if something isn’t working, I’ll ask my writer friends or editors to take a look at it and give me their thoughts. I don’t give up. I know it’s gonna happen. Dental plan! (There’s that damn Simpsons reference.)
Now I want my friend Simone of Skinny Dip to answer these questions on her blog! I absolutely adore her writing. This post on “Blurred Lines” is one of my favorite posts from her.
How do you guys write? Let’s talk about writing!
Almie Rose is a writer from Los Angeles. She has a blog, Apocalypstick. In addition to Dating & Hookup she also writes for Hello Giggles, The Frisky, Thought Catalog, and Genlux Magazine. Her book, I Forgot To Be Famous, is out now. You can follow her on twitter @apocalypstick. Her favorite pastime is eating and drinking and sleeping and then eating again.
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