The house is as quiet as a mouse. The girls are sleeping soundly apart from the occasional cough and Dave lies still beside me. The sun is yet to rise. Why then am I awake?
I close my eyes, roll over and tell myself to go back to sleep because God knows I need it.
It’s no use though. It has started already. The words. Once they start dancing through my mind there’s no chance of me returning to slumber.
I roll over again, this time to pick up my iPhone which I key a few phrases into. I save these beauties for later when I can craft them into something special. I put the phone down feeling satisfied and attempt to go back to sleep.
As I begin to drift off, the words whisper in my ear. They pull off my blankets, put on my dressing gown and guide me downstairs to the breakfast table where I sit in front of my Notebook. The words are impatient, desperate to be written, shaped and loved.
You see, I write because I have no choice not too. It is what I do. It’s my therapy, my love, my thing.
At that point though I hadn’t realised I wanted a career in writing.
While I will never forget the rush of adrenalin that ripped through me when I saw my name in black and white for the first time and realised that people would read my words, it wasn’t enough to light my internal fire.
Even when I studied Journalism, I didn’t crave to be a writer. I simply did it because I was good at English and hopeless at Maths.
I loved seeing my name in print again and again and seeing my silly mug on QUT News, but it was clear to me from the start that I would never be a Journalist. I just didn’t have the confidence nor drive.
It was to be five years after I graduated that I started freelancing. I loved it, but when I was offered a secure 9 to 5, I settled for that.
It wasn’t until I started this blog that the fire within me was brought to life and is now an ever growing flame.
These days I live and breathe words. These days I crave to be a writer. I think that deep down I knew this all along, I just didn’t have the courage until now.
I’m sharing why I write today as part of a fun blog-hop moving around the blogging community. I was chuffed to bits when one of my favourite bloggers, Carla from My Yellow Heart asked me to join in. Thank you so much, Carla.
Now … for the answers to this blog hop’s questions.
What am I working on?
My little blog has my heart and soul at the moment. I am investing as much time as I can to create posts that are open, honest, a little funny, and something my readers can relate to.
All the while I am working on becoming a better writer and mastering my craft. I have been trained to write in particular styles for news stories, media releases, web content and advertorials. I am cherishing this opportunity to experiment with my writing.
When time in my busy schedule allows, I also plan to focus on building my profile as a writer and seeing where this journey takes me.
How does my writing differ from others in my genre?
I started this blog with the intention that it would have an underlying rediscovery theme. Mummy, Wife, Me came about when I felt trapped in a Mummy fog and feared I had lost my identity. I write about juggling the various roles in my life, while not losing sight of me.
Because of my background, my writing tends to be structured and concise. I am attempting to stretch my wings and be more creative.
Why do I write what I do?
I write about the ups and downs of my crazy life partly as therapy and partly to assure other parents out there that they are not alone. I want to strike a chord with my readers and let them know their crazy lives are normal.
How does my writing process work?
Every second of the day I brainstorm various post ideas. I have post it notes scattered throughout the house begging to be picked up and fleshed out.
The early mornings are when I am most creative. I speedily tap away purging all of the words from my mind. In the evenings, I edit, mould and fuss over them to create a post.
I don’t have an office or desk, I simply sit at the breakfast/dinner table with my headphones on to block out the sound of Dave watching TV a metre or so from me.
After I have finished a post, I read it out loud to hear how the words sound. Do they roll off my tongue? Do they dance? Do they evoke emotion?
I probably spend way too much time on each post, but that’s just me. I need to ensure each word is right and special.
Thanks for indulging me today in this way too long post. If you’ve read the whole way through, you’ve done well!
Part of this blog-hop is to nominate three writers to pass onto. I am in awe of so many writers it was hard to narrow it down to just three. In the end I chose three writers whose individual styles stand out to me and who I can’t wait to learn more about.
Emily is a stay-at-home mum, wife, daughter, reluctant housewife, freelance copywriter and proofreader, serial winner of 25-words-or-less competitions, former marketeer,
recovering chocoholic, wordsmith, pianist and geek. And that’s just the short version. You’ll find her at You learn something new every day, the bloggy home where she tucks her thoughts into bed.
Lisa blogs at Random Acts of Zen, where she discusses ways that zen and good karma impact on our lives. She’s the mum of an 11-year-old girl and married to her best friend. She would also much rather look for the good in life, than the bad.
Hi I’m Lauren from Createbakemake. I live in Brisbane with my two beautiful boys and my very patient and supportive husband. I have an insatiable sweet tooth and love nothing more than spending time in the kitchen baking sweet treats with my two little helpers. I believe recipes are just a starting point, and I love experimenting with different ingredients and flavour combinations. I also love reading and writing and I make the most of being an early bird and indulge in these two passions in those precious hours before the a new day dawns and the chaos begins!
And thanks again to Carla for nominating me. If you haven’t already visited My Yellow Heart, get over there now. Carla writes as though she’s chatting to you over a cuppa about her life in a remote part of Australia. She is a delight to read and is always interesting and relatable.
Linking up today with the ever hilarious Jess for IBOT.