Writing process blog hop

Hello lovelies!

This is something new to me - a blog hop about how I write. Vicky tagged me after seeing this post and I'm going to tag a couple of people to play along at the end.

1. What are you working on?

I have 3 posts scheduled at the moment. One is fashion, one is beauty and the other is a lifestyle post. I always have oodles of future posts planned. Without giving away the game too much I have a post planned about my husband's vasectomy and what to expect for others considering it; lots more beauty posts as I slowly make my way through the piles of stuff I'm hoarding; and the rest of Outfit August as well. I'm a bit manic in my planning though - I scrawl ideas down in the Notes feature on my phone, on the back of envelopes and in notepads and on to do lists. We just bought a huge corkboard so I can organise myself better - I'm so chaotic!

2. How does my work differ from others in the genre?

It's very hard to be unique as there are millions of bloggers but I guess I'm one of a minority of bloggers with Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME and depression who have a fashion and beauty blog. I try to bring as much realness to my blog as possible, even if it isn't glossy and pretty.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I'd been reading plus size blogs for a long time before I dared join in. It was like a double-edged sword - I loved reading what the bloggers had to say and seeing what they were wearing, but I felt really low thinking that I could never join in because I wasn't confident enough. Eventually the need to put myself out there overcame my fears of haters saying horrible things, and I've never looked back. It was the best thing I ever did! I've made so many friends from blogging (both blog readers and other bloggers) and have had some wonderful opportunities come my way. It's not always easy blogging with chronic illness, but it gives me something to focus on other than pain and fatigue and it's been a real lifeline for me at times. I tend to focus on the fashion side with beauty coming a close second, followed by any days out and about we've been on. I want to start talking more about my health to help other people with chronic illnesses, but fear of turning people off stops me.

4. How does my writing process work?

I blog as I think, typing straight into Blogger. I tend to take photos earlier in the day when the light is good (I'm dreading the dullness of winter!) and shape the post around them, rather than writing the text parts first. I work from about 11pm to anything up to 2-3am on posts. I need silence to be able to concentrate. It's a rare day when I'm not blogging every evening. If I feel particularly creative I might write a few posts in one go, usually on a Sunday so I can start the week relaxed knowing I have a couple of posts scheduled if I have a particularly hellish pain or fatigue day during the week. I normally try to blog every day, but am blogging more often at the moment as I'm doing Outfit August. Once it's over I'll be back to doing daily posts most of the time.

Now it's time to nominate a couple of people to do this tag. I nominate Nic and Woosang. If you don't want to join in, just let me know, no biggie.

Thanks for reading. If you blog, how does your process work?

Leah xoxo

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