Earlier this month, the eternally fabulous Kate Silver asked us to be a part of a blog hop focused on the writing process. We said, If Kate’s doing it, then hell yes! We want in!
It’s always fascinating to learn about the ins and outs, the ups and downs, the procrastination and occasionally painful process behind each writer’s getting his/her words onto the page/screen and out into the world. (If nothing else, it’s a great way to discover that whatever angst you’re going through as a writer, someone else has gone through it too.) And so we invited THREE MORE of our favorite bloggers to join the hop too. Their bios and links appear along with Kate’s at the bottom of the post, so be sure to check out their answers as well!
What am I working on/writing?
Norine and I are just starting to write our first Science of Parenthood book, which will be published by She Writes Press in the Fall of 2015. But while we are writing our book, we’re also continuing to produce content for our blog, Science of Parenthood and the other sites we also regularly contribute to, like parenting.com, Bonbon Break, In The Powder Room and Lifescript to name a few.
How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre?
There are so many wonderful parenting blogs, but a key element that makes Science of Parenthood stand out from the crowd is that we use faux math and snarky science principles to “explain” baffling parenting situations. Pretty much all of our content gets filtered through that lens. In addition, Science of Parenthood is an illustrated humor blog — we create and publish more cartoons than anything else. And while the writing fuels the illustrations, very often it’s our illustrations that become the jumping-off point for a post. For example, a cartoon about listening to your 8-year-old yammer endlessly about Minecraft became the basis for the Bonbon Break post “What to Say When Your Child Blathers on About Minecraft.” This lets us delve deeper into an idea than we can in a single-panel cartoon. The cartoons are the most boiled-down execution of an idea; a resulting post or essay can take any number of directions.
Why do I write what I do?
Our tagline says it in a nutshell: Because raising kids defies all reason, logic and most of the laws of the universe! Parenting provides endless comedic fodder. Honestly, we can’t help ourselves.
How does my writing process work?
We make good use of Google Docs, which is an excellent way to share documents without worrying whether we’re working on the most recent version. We have several documents in there — everything from our editorial calendar to ideas that are in development to concepts that are finalized and ready to be illustrated. We both write posts for Science of Parenthood and other sites. Those are usually solo efforts. But we always come together at a point to have the other read and edit because it can be very hard to be objective about and edit your own writing. If we can make the other laugh, we know we’re on the right track.
Kate Silver has been writing professionally for 15 years, seven of which have been fulltime freelance. She got her start writing news and features as a staff writer in Las Vegas in 1999. Along the way, she’s stalked celebrities for People magazine, co-authored guidebooks on Las Vegas, and investigated off-the-beaten path stories (like one about the so-called “Wedding Chapel Wars”) for national outlets. In 2007, she quit her job as associate editor with Las Vegas Life magazine and took the freelance plunge, eventually moving to Chicago to live closer to family. Today, she juggles a healthy mix of editorial and corporate work, specializing in travel, food, wellness and feature stories. Her work appears in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Crain’s, and she also writes and blogs for a number of businesses and non-profits, including Chevrolet, General Motors, American Heart Association, Behr Paint and others. Silver also works on a number of ghostwriting projects, large and small, and is wrapping up her second ghostwritten book. In addition, she recently completed the 2015 Frommer’s Easy Guide to Chicago, to be published in the fall. She is a member of AWJ and ASJA, and serves on the planning committee for ASJA’s Content Connections, an annual writer’s conference that will be held in Chicago November 13-14. Silver blogs at thekatesilver.blogspot.com and maintains a website at www.thekatesilver.com
Julie DeNeen is a full-time web designer and blogger, making her mark on the Internet with a tech blog called Fabulous Blogging. An award-winning lifestyle blogger as well, she was chosen as Anderson Cooper’s blogger of the day in 2012 and appeared on Anderson Live several times, as well as BBC World Have Your Say. Off the Internet, she is a mom of three, a musician, foodie, and theater buff.
Stephanie Feldman grew up in Philadelphia and studied writing at the University of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, and Barnard College. She lived in New York City for 10 years before returning to the Philadelphia area with her husband and daughter. The Angel of Losses is her first novel. She blogs at Stephanie Feldman.
Stephanie Sprenger is a freelance writer, music therapist, and mother of two young girls. She blogs about the imperfect reality of parenting at Mommy, for Real, and her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Mamalode, and In the Powder Room, among other places. Stephanie is the co-editor of the HerStories Project anthologies, including the September 2014 collection My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. She can usually be found in front of her computer, behind a guitar, or underneath a pile of laundry. Stephanie’s long-term goals include writing a few books, crafting the perfect witty bio, and taming her neuroses.