Nonfiction Writer Life
I recently took part in an online writing survey by one of my favourite writers, Beth Kempton.
I thought it might be helpful to share some behind-the-scenes for my fellow bloggers and nonfiction writer friends.
So, here are some of the insights I shared into my life and creative journey as a non-fiction writer…
My name is Danielle, I’m a blogger and nonfiction writer
I write every single day of my life – I love to write.
Currently, my writing life is made up of blogging, creating online courses to complement my creativity coaching work, as well as a few writing jobs for other businesses, creating online content for marketing purposes.
I also journal almost daily and make lots and lots and notes and lists.
I write a lot. 🙂
To me, being a writer feels like a soul calling, an integral part of my dharma.
It feels more like an instinctive urge than a conscious choice.
I don’t often call myself a writer in a professional sense, as I make my living from a number of different activities.
However, I identify as a writer at heart, I know writers are my people.
I have had mixed feelings about calling myself a writer in the past, but these days I can happily say I am a writer.
Work-in-progress: Spiritual Writing
I feel a little reluctant to share more on this work as I still feel I’m discovering the details for myself.
As I feel more sure of my ideas, I know I’ll begin to share more of this topic more openly.
UPDATE: I am now officially testing the spiritual waters with my current work-in-progress: The Creatives Arts of Believing & Receiving. 🙂
Q: What is writing, to you?
I see writing as an expression of something higher within.
I’m still exploring precisely whether this is our own higher nature or a divine source or a combination – it’s a fun study. 🙂
I see all creative expression as the flow of our life force energy, something I believe is a divine connection.
I love the work of Thomas Troward who wrote that we are here to evolve by expressing our divine nature through our unique creative urges and passions.
Q: What are your ideal writing conditions?
Peace and quiet.
The right kind of music. (For me, that’s classical or yoga music.)
Solitude helps a lot – I don’t need to be completely alone, just minimal contact and conversation with others.
Scents can also be a potent trigger for getting into writing mode.
Q: What gets in the way of writing?
(My first book was called Housework Blues – I wrote about my struggles with writing in the busy family years.)
Other people’s social expectations can also take me away from the writing I love, though I am getting better at protecting my time.
Also, when work gets busy, it can leave me with less time and/or mental energy to write.
I work as a copywriter and ghostwriter, which can sometimes leave me less writing energy for my own creative works.
Q: What stops you writing?
I never can’t write, I always have something to write.
I used to have fears about writing but I learned to postpone any fears about publication or sharing my work with a later stage in the process, which frees me to simply write whatever is coming through with freedom and flow.
It’s a joyful experience. 🙂
Sometimes it’s almost feels transcendental, like channelling.
Q: Define ‘writing success’
Success in terms of my writing is twofold;
I’d like to experience the freedom and confidence of writing exactly what I feel called to write.
And I’d like for my best work to reach the people I believe I am meant to create my work for.
Q: What do you need to flourish?
I feel I already have a flourishing writing life, I write joyfully and often, and I love the work I am creating.
I love how I’ve created a life that allows me to freedom to do the work I love in the way I’ve learned is most supportive to me.
I love that I live in an age when writing is valued – it’s a potent currency in the online world, and I love the technology that makes it easy for me to reach my audience.
What is challenging for me is to maintain order – with so many notes and ideas, I can get a bit overwhelmed at times.
I also need to keep a check on my completion habits, I have a tendency to start many things with enthusiasm only for those to fizzle out after a while.
But I’m making good progress!
Even though I have hundreds of unfinished projects, I remind myself that I have completed 4 books and 6 online courses.
This helps me to keep calm and carry on with taking just a few things to completion. :
UPDATE: It’s now 11 online courses! An achievement with I believe is a result of my Flow Productivity formula.
Q: Have you written any Non-fiction Books?
I have written and self published 4 books:
I’ve found writing, creating, designing, publishing and marketing books deeply fulfilling and rewarding. (Mostly!)
I used to think that I would like to be a full-time author, writing a book a year and that would be my idea of writing heaven.
At the moment, I’m enjoying the online format of blogging and online courses, which allows me to create a lot of great content quickly and easily with less restriction.
I am building a body of work that I may turn into physical books in the future, but for now, I’m enjoying the process of sharing my words in this fun and flexible format.
Q: Do you have any support – eg writing coach or writing group?
I tend to turn to books or audios if I feel the need for inspiration.
I do envisage some kind of writing retreat in the future, though I don’t feel the need to discuss the challenges of writing with others.
If I get stuck, I tend to go inwards rather than seek others – I journal and pray and practice self care – works really well for me! 🙂
Q: Who are your favourite Non-Fiction Writers?
Beth Kempton is very inspiring. 🙂
I like to follow writers on instagram, to see how their daily lives look, I’m fascinated by other writers and their lives and processes.
I’m also currently working through the Great Courses Non-Fiction course by Tilar J Mazzeo which is hugely enjoyable, largely because I know and love her books.
I used to listen to a lot of audiobooks by Julia Cameron and Natalie Goldberg when my children were little and I was first getting into writing, but now my focus is less on the craft of writing, though I feel I may get back to this as I am increasingly curious about writing fiction at some point.
Q: What’s your current work-in-progress?
I’m currently working on sharing more on the practical spiritual tools that help with the writing life, as well as some inspiring stories or examples.
It would also be lovely if these principles deepened my confidence in my calling as a writer.
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I hope you enjoyed this snapshot of my non-fiction writing life – and a huge thank you to Beth Kempton for this thought-provoking survey, as well as her inspiring work in supporting writers.
Over to you!
Now it’s your turn – what are your answers to these questions?
What does your non-fiction writing life look like?
I’d love to hear. 🙂
I wish you so much joy and flow with your writing process and a wealth of success with your work.
May the muse be with you.
PROCESS SINCE 1993
“What if we really lived our lives, moment to moment, and wrote about that?
What if we wrote to release what is burning inside us, allowing that to be enough for now?”
~ Beth Kempton