“Life is just a journey. And I’ve got a pen.” (Marquessa Matthews)
I met Marquessa in one of the A to Z challenges (like I met so many of you really! So this a special thanks to the A to Z organisers.) She was writing fiction, a series even, and I wasn’t sure it was my cup of tea. Man, was I wrong! Her writing was irresistible – still is.
I love that I never know what will I find when I hop over. It could be fiction. It could be a special snippet from her life. Or a travel story. I never come away empty-handed because her writing fills me with emotions. But enough of me, let Marquessa take over and talk to you.
How and why I started my blog
Growing up, I always had a passion for fiction writing but somewhere circa 1998, I stopped writing. The beliefs about writing as “not a real career” had somehow sunk in and without a network of others who shared the same passion for writing, I simply gave up on that dream.
But one day I woke up, looked around and realized that while others were out and about enjoying their own “passions”, I wasn’t. I wanted to see if my love for writing was still alive so I signed up with WordPress for their Writing 101 course, fell in love again and I haven’t stopped writing since.
What keeps me writing
Besides the simple joy I feel from writing, being in a community of other writers and bloggers is what truly keeps me going. It’s a wonderful feeling to exchange with others who understand the writer’s mind and life, like getting up at 2:00am to jot down a story idea or discussing the pros and cons of writing in first person versus third person. Most of all, the positive feedback on some of my stories makes the writing journey feel even more worthwhile.
What I write about
I consider myself a fiction writer, first and foremost. On my blog, I take the opportunity to test out new genres and ideas about storylines I have in mind. I also dabble in pieces related to fictionalized anecdotes, the writing process, race and travel.
My favorite post and why
I don’t think that I have a favorite post but a non-fiction post that seemed to resonate with readers was, “Top Ten Things I Learned Before I Was 10 (And Then Spent Years Unlearning)”. It’s about the “untruths” we believe growing up until we know better and decide to unlearn them.
And because it is the first full length fiction piece I have finished (literally and figuratively from A to Z) and wrote without much preparation, I have a soft spot for “Living To Die”. I’m currently revising it into a novella.
What kind of posts do I read?
I read and follow lots of different types of blogs – flash fiction, poetry, bloggers who talk about their day-to-day lives and struggles. These days, my attention has been more focused on writers who are on the self-publishing path since that is what I would like to do too.
How do I find other bloggers?
When I first started with WP, I found other blogs through the writing course assignments, checking out those who commented and/or liked my posts and sometimes through blog hops in which I have participated.
What have I not yet had courage to do?
When it comes to writing, I’ve always been very scheduled, edited and organized about what I post, with little room for flexibility. But for this summer, I’ve decided to take a leap and have the courage to be more organic and spontaneous in my postings – the topics that come to mind are what the readers are seeing now – less structured, getting out of my comfort zone is what I’m aiming for.
Thank you for your raw honesty Marquessa, looking forward to seeing you grow!
My favourite thing about blogging is that it opens up my social circle. I meet amazing people who I would never have been able to without this platform. As a thank you for their connection and awesomeness, I’d like to share my favourites with you in this series of “Blog of the week“. Be sure to check them out, I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading them.