In Kindred and On Process



The contributor list for the third issue of Kindred was announced today, so now I can share that I am included! I decided several years ago to stop submitting writing for publication, so it’s a bit of a surprise that I ended up dong just that. Amanda made the process so inviting and simple, though, and I’m delighted to be included in her gorgeous publication. (It really is. You can pre-order issue three here.)

Revision is a big part of my writing process. I’m not sentimental about my words; if they’re not doing the work I need them to do, they’re gone, replaced with something better or just tossed aside. When writing something other than a blog post, I write, let it sit, read, and revise, and I go through that sequence many times. (Blog posts are often written and revised in my head several times.) With this piece, when I thought I was close, I sent it to Michelle. I first met Michelle via an online writer’s group almost seven (!) years ago. Her feedback helped me clarify my beginning. I usually find my beginnings a couple of paragraphs in, by the way. That’s one of the things I’ve learned about myself as a writer. I’d already found it, but she helped make it better.

Once it was submitted, Amanda’s edits made the piece better again. I struggle with endings, even after all this time. I find it hard to wrap things up neatly. (As in writing as in life, hmm?) I really enjoyed working with an editor who, well, edited–who made suggestions and strengthened my words. How wonderful.

I never stopped thinking of myself as a writer while I wasn’t pursuing anything beyond internet pieces. I process through words; oftentimes I’m not even sure what I think until I sit down at a keyboard and let my brain empty out through my fingertips. (One reason I think art-making is so vital to my well-being: it gets me out of the verbal for a bit.) At this moment, I’m a writer looking forward to seeing my words included in a gorgeous journal, surrounded by others’ words and photographs, curated, collected, and distributed; at this moment, I’m thinking about what I might like to write and submit next.

17 thoughts on “In Kindred and On Process

    1. amy Post author

      Yes, we were. They credited my photo to you–and paid you for it, if I remember correctly!!

  1. Dawn Suzette

    I am excited to read your piece Amy!
    Amanda is awesome! I could not agree more. She has been so great to work with and has inspired me in so many ways.

  2. Michelle

    So happy for you. xoxo

    You’re definitely on to something with the art balancing the verbal. I think that’s why drawing this summer sounds so appealing while I finish this story. That counterbalance is so important.

    Looking forward to all the future writing goodness you grow.

  3. patricia

    Congratulations, Amy! Even though we’re still writers when we’re not appearing in print, there’s something pretty special about having your words printed up and shared.

    I had to laugh when you said that revision is a big part of your writing process. Revision *is* my writing process. I can hardly write a single sentence without revising it. (Let’s just say I spend far too long on emails.)

    1. amy Post author

      Thanks, Patricia! One of my favorite compliments was from a writing instructor who noted that I didn’t resist revising. There was a tendency for students to get precious about their words and not want to change a thing from a first draft. I go through draft after draft after draft… 😉

  4. Carolyn

    I’m so happy for you! (and even happier if they paid you!) You do have a flair for writing, that’s one of the reasons I initially started reading your blog. Congratulations!

  5. amanda

    Thank you for the kind words! I’m so glad to know you have someone you can send your work to for advice and input – it’s such a crucial part of the process.

  6. Bells

    I am thrilled to read this! Really thrilled. Like you I stopped too, but I still think of myself as a writer.
    This is really good news.

  7. RoseRed

    Congratulations – what a cool achievement,
    I often wish I was a truly creative person – able to come up with an idea or design, and then make it happen. What a great skill you have.

    1. amy Post author

      Thanks, RoseRed! Although I think of you as a creative person too…interesting that you don’t view yourself that way!

  8. Karen

    Congratulations! (and well deserved.) I thankfully grew up with the guidance of my mother’s red pen (she is a proofreader and editorial assistant by profession) and learned the importance of revision at an early age. I didn’t always appreciate it at the time, but I’m a much better writer for it.

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