I'm kicking the week off with a post that's a little out of the norm when it comes to this blog. Meaning, this post isn't about food. This post is all about writing, which is the number one reason why I started this little blog in the first place.
Participants in the blog tour answer the same four questions below. Fellow writers/bloggers: feel free to play along in the comments section!
What am I working on?
As of right now, I am working on a new restaurant review for The Boston Globe as well as an article for Parenting New Hampshire magazine. No, I am not a parent, but I wrote for this magazine in my home state several times after I graduated college, and I recently rekindled my connection there. The article I am working on for them is all about dairy-free treats in New Hampshire - just in time for summer!
I also freelance for The Culinary Guild of New England, and I've been working on some larger-scale projects for them recently, along with managing their email marketing campaigns. This job is so much fun for me, basically because everything revolves around food, but also because I get to continue writing marketing copy. I did a lot of this at Eversave (my former "day job"), and I loved it - so being able to continue doing that on top of food writing has been great.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think one notable difference is that I am vegetarian, and a lot of my blogger peeps are omnivores (or vegans). I'm also big on eating and cooking delicious food that doesn't cost a fortune, which I hope is something that my readers find useful and valuable. My background also may be slightly different as I started out writing for newspapers, and my first newspaper job got me into blogging. (After I graduated from Quinnipiac University with a degree in journalism, I landed a food writing job with my hometown newspaper, The Nashua Telegraph. They eventually created a food blog for me, called Live Free or Dine). That's really how I got into blogging, and eventually - when I moved to Massachusetts - I decided to start my own blog.
Why do I write what I do?
I'm not sure if many of you know this, but I originally went to college to become a music critic (I minored in music theory). I had big dreams of becoming a writer for Rolling Stone. But about two years into college, I realized food just came so much more naturally to me - I've always been a big eater! So, I started doing some freelance food writing in college to get a feel for it, and I loved it.
How does your writing process work?
When I'm writing an article for, say, the Globe, it can take me days. I usually do a "dry-run" for a rough draft, then the next day I'll edit it, then I send it to Z for final edits, and then I clean-up the final draft. It's quite the process, but I can never write an article once and be happy with it right away. It takes me lots of proofreading, revising, and coffee. ;)
When it comes to the blog, I'm a little less hard on myself. One reason why I really enjoy blogging is because I can write however I wish, with no word count, etc. required. This is my place to write about whatever I want, whenever I want, and it's really nice to have that flexibility.
Next Monday, May 12th, two of my blogger friends will be participating in this “My Writing Process” Blog Tour. Here's a little more information about them:
Kerrie from Urban Foodie Finds - I've met Kerrie at quite a few blogger events over the years, and I am always so delighted to see her. We recently had dinner together at Orta, and I also spent the night chatting with her at Beat Hotel a few months ago. In addition to her food blog that focuses mainly on restaurant reviews, Kerrie is also one of the co-founders of Blog and Tweet Boston. Blog and Tweet Boston puts on great (and fun!) networking events for bloggers on a monthly basis. Definitely check them out if you're a local blogger.
Lisa from The Vegan Pact - I met Lisa at a cooking class she taught last year, and I instantly was drawn to her passion for cooking. Since then, we have talked quite a bit on and offline about catering, vegan food, blogging...we have a good amount in common! Lisa's blog focuses a lot on healthy, delicious vegan food made with real ingredients - you won't see much tofu on her blog, or anything with hard-to-pronounce ingredients.
What's your writing process?