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Friday, 9 January 2015

A Writers' Blog Tour

When I was invited to take part in the Writers' Blog Tour by Ting Dalton from My Travel Monkey, I was honoured as she's a Chief Sub Editor for a magazine and actually writes for a living. I'm not convinced that I have the right to describe myself as a writer, yes, it's what I love to do and I can't imagine not wanting to do it, but let's just say that this post has taken ages to write and leave it there. It has made me think about my writing process though, and I guess that can only be a good thing. I also get to nominate two brilliant bloggers to continue with the challenge... more on that later.


What am I working on?
Mostly The World According to Izzie, but also a whole host of other projects. I'm never happier than when I'm busy and I love to have lots of things on the go at once. There's a travel review lined up during the next couple of weeks and I'll be heading off for a few days very soon to do this. I’m also deliberating over whether to publish a second e-book. First time around was challenging, but I can’t help thinking that next time will be so much easier.


How does my work differ from others in its genre?
There aren’t many bloggers out there who are brave (or daft) enough to blog about their older children and to start with the blog was mostly about parenting fails and trying to see the funny side of life with twin, teen daughters. 

As many parents find themselves in similar situations with their own kids, I've been astounded by the response to the blog - especially in the UK and the US. Now that both daughters have left home, I’ve added lots of additional topics and The World According to Izzie now features interviews, travel, days out, reviews and random musings about life in an empty nest as a forty-something female. I never run out of ideas and always seem to be scribbling something in my notebook. As I think that life in the real world can be tough, I try to inject as much humour into my writing as much as possible.

Like Ting, I also think there's room for everyone in the blogging community. Each blogger has their own unique perspective on the world and that makes for some fabulous reading. I love the diversity that the blogging world has to offer and spend a considerable amount of time reading blogs from all over the world.


Why do I write what I do?
I always dreamt of working for a magazine and publishing a book and although my career didn't lead me in that particular direction (I worked in the NHS for 26 years as a Biomedical Scientist), I think it's possible to have the best of both worlds and make things happen at any age.

I think that sharing your own experiences helps the reader to feel that they're not alone in being completely flummoxed by the chaos that is family life. Often the media portrays family life through rose-tinted spectacles and well, we all know that in reality, life never goes to plan.


How does my writing process work?
It’s often a random process. I always carry a notebook and jot down anything I think might come in useful at a later date. This can be anything from a strange conversation I’ve had with Mr A, to the latest antics of my daughters, or something I've done that has inspired me.

I always write in pencil and usually produce my best work in the mornings; most days I'm writing before 7 am. There are often five blog posts on the go at any one time and like Ting, I come up with the ‘bare bones’ of a post before padding and polishing at a later date. It's rare for me to write a blog from start to finish in one go and I love to come back to it on another day with a fresh pair of eyes. Topics often pop into my head at the most inopportune moments and having a notebook in my handbag comes in very useful. 

I also belong to a writing group and have found this very helpful in terms of improving my writing technique. Daughter, Olivia is currently studying English Literature at university and we talk about writing a lot; she occasionally guest posts on my blog.


Over to these two lovely bloggers whose work I admire immensely…
I’ve been following fellow bloggers Anya and Sarah ever since I started The World According to Izzie back in January 2013. Maybe it's their refreshing honesty about life in the real world being far from perfect that I love...

First of all, Anya from Older Single Mum. Anya's an older, single mum (as if you hadn't guessed that already) and her posts are written from the heart. Her blog features topics such as: resisting getting any older, the perils of parenting young sons and raising awareness about what it means to be a single mum.

Hiya. My name’s Anya.  The lady with that wine glass is very me.

I'm useless in the mornings, have terrible taste in men and am known for loving a laugh and welcoming an invitation to lunch.  


I'm PR friendly, just friendly in general and write for businesses including Netmums, the goodwebguideGingerbreadLove All Blogs, and BritMums 

Divorced with two young boys (now nine and five), we live down on the south coast, near Brighton, England, UK.  My ex-husband, their father, was a famous Rugby player in his day.

I've travelled quite a bit and have got a background in the City, having worked my way up from Junior to Associate Director in Banking and International Money Broking, since when I've spent a long time exploring and working in the fields of Alternative Medicine.  The latter is tackled in a language for the layman (or as a fellow blogger put it 'in a way that doesn't make her sound like a loon') on my other blog The Healer.

Here, it is general parenting prattle, sometimes about the kids or our Foreign Language students, or me defiantly resisting getting older, plus there is a sort of raising of a different kind of consciousness - that only a mere 2% of single mums are teenagers.  
- See more at: http://www.oldersinglemum.com/p/about-me.html#sthash.sUNxiupp.dpuf
Hiya. My name’s Anya.  The lady with that wine glass is very me.

I'm useless in the mornings, have terrible taste in men and am known for loving a laugh and welcoming an invitation to lunch.  


I'm PR friendly, just friendly in general and write for businesses including Netmums, the goodwebguideGingerbreadLove All Blogs, and BritMums 

Divorced with two young boys (now nine and five), we live down on the south coast, near Brighton, England, UK.  My ex-husband, their father, was a famous Rugby player in his day.

I've travelled quite a bit and have got a background in the City, having worked my way up from Junior to Associate Director in Banking and International Money Broking, since when I've spent a long time exploring and working in the fields of Alternative Medicine.  The latter is tackled in a language for the layman (or as a fellow blogger put it 'in a way that doesn't make her sound like a loon') on my other blog The Healer.

Here, it is general parenting prattle, sometimes about the kids or our Foreign Language students, or me defiantly resisting getting older, plus there is a sort of raising of a different kind of consciousness - that only a mere 2% of single mums are teenagers.  
- See more at: http://www.oldersinglemum.com/p/about-me.html#sthash.sUNxiupp.dpuf
And secondly, Sarah from Mum of Three World. Sarah's a slightly stressed out mum of three and she writes about life with school age children - the highs, the lows and everything in-between. Often spotted freezing on the touchline while watching her kids play rugby, this is something I can identify with wholeheartedly.

I hope you'll pop over for a read.


Until next time...



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12 comments :

  1. Thanks very much for the mention! Really interesting to read about your writing process - we have things in common, but I tend to write a post all in one go. The only things I go back to add later are pics and links. Sometimes I have a backlog, so end up posting a couple of weeks after writing just because I have lots of other stuff going on!

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  2. I was going to tweet you this morning about how much I love your writing when catching up with one of your other posts on my phone (which means comments don't work), but then got distracted by those pesky kids and the school run, which, no doubt, you will now only wistfully remember. A Biomedical Scientist eh? You're so wasted on us! Very interesting reading and thank you so much for the kind words about me and my blog. I will take the baton and run with it and post when over the trauma of Christmas combined with my concussion. HNY XX :))

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  3. I too, enjoy reading the writings of Anya and have been for quite a while. Your blog, which a came across a while ago, makes me laugh because I can relate to many of your stories having my own older children. I think it is wonderful to want and change careers during one's life. I changed my own from social worker to teacher (web design & Microsoft programs) when I hit 40. Also I do think you can consider yourself a writer, there are all different types, and no one has to fit into a particularly category. I hope you continue with your goals, and keep up your humorous writings of your daughters and Mr. A.

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  4. Love this! I'm so glad you finally got round to taking part. It's a tough one to write. I remember struggling for days over this one! I never knew you were a proper scientist! I bet that was fascinating work. I really enjoy your posts so really interesting to find out more about your writing x

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  5. Great to learn more about you Izzie. Of course you're a writer! Really looking forward to hearing more about book number two... I bought your first book ages ago but still need to read it. Life and kids got in the way, as they often do xx

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  6. Fab read, I love hearing about other people's writing process - so interesting. Like you, life took me in a different direction to writing, but I'm so pleased to have (finally) started and think actually I'm better for being a bit older as I have more insight when writing.
    I was tagged in this blog tour a while ago - I found reading others and writing mine fascinating :) #pocolo

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  7. Lovely, it's great to know why and how people blog and what processes they go through.

    #PoCoLo

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  8. What a great post. I love reading your blog and really love that it's expanding. I bought your e-book and REALLY hope that you publish another xx #pocolo

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  9. It's always interesting hearing about other writers' processes. My ideas come at random times too and I jot my ideas into my phone. Great to learn a little more about you too Izzie. xx #PoCoLo

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  10. I always love to read posts like this. I also love your blog and your writing Izzie - it is always so engaging. A really interesting read. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

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  11. Very interesting and enlightening blog posts. I love reading and think people with the ability to make something out of mere words is a brilliant talent. I am a fan of My Travel Monkey blog and will look up the other writers mentioned here.#PoCoLo

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  12. This is a fascinating insight into who you are and how you do it. I'll admit to being impressed at the number of posts you manage, and that you can do them before 7am when most people are still trying to begin merely functioning! I think the 2nd e-book sounds like just the sort of challenge you'd relish, so I'm sure it will be available before long!

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