Blog Hopping

Have you ever been on a blog hop? It’s is a fun way to get to read more blogs and introduce you to some writers you may not have met. Thanks to  Suzanne Boles for asking me to join in this adventure.

Here’s Suzanne’s bio:

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Suzanne Boles always loved to write. She won an award in high school for her poetry, received her honours English degree then worked at many jobs with writing components as a small part of her work responsibilities. She moved closer to full-time writing after completing a contract job as assistant editor for a lifestyle magazine. Prior to that she was the editor of a weekly newspaper. Suzanne took a leap of faith in 1996 and launched her freelance writing business, Suzanne Boles, Write Connection.

Suzanne’s articles have appeared in Reader’s Digest, Maclean’s, Profit Magazine, Today’s Parent, Western Alumni Magazine and numerous trade magazines. Her client roster includes Western University, The City of London (Ontario Canada), Pillar Non-profit Network, The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and other clients as well as small business owners.

Suzanne specializes in writing profiles and case studies. She is currently writing about her personal journey through grief on her blog, Write from Here.
Learn more about Suzanne’s work by visiting her website

Another purpose of this particular blog hop is to learn more about what different bloggers write about and how they do it. So here I go:

What am I working on?
I am usually working on a few things at once, so my writing life is rarely boring. I write for magazines, for websites, and for corporate clients.
I also edit website copy or collaborate with others on material for a website or blog. Since you’re here, you know I have my own blog, and there are always ideas bubbling for that.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I suppose the difference comes in what I choose to write about—the magazines that I pitch an idea, and what assignments I accept when approached by an editor. I really like to write and research all kinds of articles, so I’m kind of a “generalist.”
In the past few years I have written more health-related articles for magazines and websites and I really enjoy that. Most of the work I’ve done in the past few months has been writing about health issues but in a very broad context. Sometimes it’s looking at different things that have different impacts on our health. It’s also looking at how we might visualize health, and how the arts and health have great impacts on each other.
On this blog, I write about a number of topics—using it as a “platform” to write about something that is near and dear to me, or about something that I think needs a platform. Here again, I don’t have a niche or theme, but I [try to] have the topic fit into the broader theme of humour and hope. The blog started out as a way to do more articles related to health issues, so many of them are in that genre.

Why do I write what I do?
I’ve alluded to that in the previous questions. I write what I do because of my interest in a particular issue, e.g. health, or a desire to be published in a specific magazine or on a specific website. In some cases, I’ve been approached by an editor, or by someone who wants me to do some writing for them, which is always nice. It’s always nice to be the one who is being sought than to be the seeker.

You can get a better idea about my work by visiting my Captions Communications website.

How does my writing process work?
It depends on what I’m writing. If it’s a magazine article, and I know the people I need to interview for the story, I get in touch with them right away either by email or phone, or both, and get their information. If I don’t know who my sources will be, I do some research. I also ask colleagues if they know anyone who would be right for my story. This is where my membership in the Professional Writers Association of Canada or the Canadian Freelance Union really pays off. The help and support I get from other members is priceless.
Once the research is done, then the writing begins—and the rewriting—until the story is ready to send to the editor.
There is always some “down” time while I’m waiting to hear back from my contacts, or when I’m between assignments. I try to use that time to do more research on the story I’m working on, or work on some story ideas that are always in my head.
I rarely work a “regular business” day–9-5, but I do try and do most of my work during that time so I have free time to spend with my family in the evening when they have finished their work.

Sometimes we take time off during the day too to go for a walk or a drive. The nice thing about freelancing is that I can juggle my schedule so that my deadlines are met but that I also have time to teach and take fitness classes and work with a small writing group during the week.
Balancing all of this gets tricky sometimes, but it’s a juggling act I love.

Here are three other writers who love their freelance lives too:

Judy Lawless

Judy, bio 2013

Judy entered the world of published freelance writers in 2006 when she sold her first story to The Country Connections Magazine. She’s also had stories published in Cycle Canada and Canadian Biker.

In 2008 she published her first book, Celebrating Twenty-five Years at Millbrook Manor. Hearing the personal stories of the residents at Millbrook Manor sparked Judy’s interest in researching family trees and recording family stories. In 2012 her second book, Through Thick and Thin: A History of the Audrey and Ernie Victor Family, was launched.

Judy’s love of travel steered her to her personal blog, Mind Traveler.

 

Veronica Leonard

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Veronica has been writing for websites and magazines in Atlantic Canada and Ontario for more than 30 years. These days, she’s focussed more travel and wine tourism as a niche market since retiring from her career as an employment specialist.
She writes for regional lifestyle magazines, tourism and travel websites, and has three wine blogs on the go.
You can find Veronica on Twitter as @travelprose .
Visit The Wine Tourist website or Veronica’s travel blogs: www.travelandescape.ca/author/vleonard/
and www.examiner.com/wine-in-toronto/veronica-leonard

 

Lora Freeman Williams

Lora's bio photoLora has written her first book, a memoir entitled The Wilderness of Motherhood: A memoir of hope and healing to be published in May 2014. She is a freelance writer and life coach and lives in Boulder, Colorado with her son and husband.

Her blog, The Wilderness of Motherhood   focuses on essays that continue the themes of parenting and healing one’s own psychological wounds on that journey.
Lora is also active on social media, especially LinkedIn, where she has two groups: The Freelance Writers Connection and I Am a Writing Machine.
Through the Freelance Writers Connection, Lora established The Writer’s Life Academy, where she offers online courses for writers, and those who want to learn more about the craft of writing.

Please hop on over to visit these folks and learn more.

 

Thanks for hopping on to my blog. I’ll see you back here in a couple of weeks when I’ll tell you about some new adventures I’m taking on.

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Blog Hopping

  1. Hi Christine: It’s great to see you participating in the writing process blog hop. I’ve already met a lot of great writers on this journey, and am pleased to now meet Lora. I already have met and interacted with Judy (although I didn’t know about her blog and will definitely check it out) and love Veronica’s wine travel writing. Cheers to the Power of Freelancing!

    1. This has been, and will continue to be a fun journey, Doreen. I’m glad you asked Suzanne, who asked me, to be a part of it.
      It is fun to read other blogs and learn more about how different writers work.
      Cheers to the Power of Freelancing indeed!

    1. Thanks for asking me to be part of this adventure, Suzanne. It was a really good exercise for me to look at the writing I’m doing, and why I’m doing it. It also helped me to decide what kind of writing I *didn’t* want to do anymore.
      I too enjoy reading the blogs and finding out about the way different writers work.

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