• Love that “Writing Process Blog Hop.” Did you create that?

    Interesting reading about so many different writing processes. As unique as every one of us! Also love that I know most of the bloggers you introduced. Just need to “hop over” to Mary’s blog.

    Thanks Susan.

    • They are pretty fun. It really is fun to see how everyone goes about this thing called writing and how it varies Mary is really fun girl and into a bunch of stuff. 🙂

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    Thanks for taking part in the blog hop. As for your response to number two, I’m going to think of a list of recommended titles to share with you. Creative nonfiction, just like fiction, has so many offshoots that it can boggle the mind. Your writing is in good company 🙂

    • You’re welcome Jeri. That would be awesome. It would be fun to see where I fit in the writing world. 🙂

  • Writing is difficult. Ask even the most famous writers. Maybe it’s a personal defect but I find it almost impossible to write an outline first. Every writing course tells you that but for me writing is an iterative process. I turn on the ignition and start to drive. Maybe it’s because I started life as a business reporter with daily deadlines. There wasn’t time to to do an outline and barely time to think. You just wrote. I actually am very grateful for that experience. It helped me to become a better writer.

    • Hi Jeannette, I do that too when a story just seems to pop in my head and it begs to be written. An outline helps me order my thoughts but then again. They are a bit jumbled… LOL… so any help I can give my self is a good thing. 🙂

  • Lovely to read about your writing process, susan, and meet more bloggers as well. I love these blog hops! Am on deck for next week.

    • They are fun Doreen. This is my first one ever. I look forward to reading your when it appears. 🙂

  • Great to read about how you come to the stories that you do Susan, and you obviously have a gift as a story teller. But to share such personal stories is brave to say the least. Overcoming dyslexia has been a giant hurdle, and makes it all the more important that your work is out there. As always, you’re an inspiration. Thank you:-)

    • Thanks A.K. You are too kind. Sharing is my middle name… LOL. I do know my family has enjoyed what I share, because it’s like being there la over again. 🙂

  • Terry Jago

    I am quite interested in your writing process. i also enjoyed seeing your blog hop

    • Hi Terry and welcome. I am glad you’ve enjoyed the hop. 🙂

  • Pat Amsden

    Thank you for sharing your writing journey. My son is a compensated dyslexic. So far he doesn’t show much interest in writing but if he does having writers who are dyslexic makes it more likely.

    • Hi Pat. You’re welcome. As you know, being dyslexic poses a uniques set of challenges. If he ever gains an interest, there are great many of us out there for him to look to that have overcome that disability to great success. 🙂

  • Merle Gibbins

    This sounds like a great experience and love the one that Cheryl has done about letters from grandma, sounds like it could be very interesting. I wish you every success and love all your stories.

    • Hi Merle, Thank you and I wish the same for you. Cheryl’s book is very heart warming, regardless if your a grandma or not. 🙂

  • Jacqueline Gum

    I so admire your courage and determination in overcoming what many might find too daunting to challenge. I’m happy for you , but happiest for us…your readers…in that we know there will be many more entertaining stories to come.:) Well done YOU!

    • Aw, thanks so much Jacqueline… blush… I do enjoy writing my stories. It please beyond words that you enjoy them my friend. 🙂

  • Pat Ruppel

    Congratulations, Susan. I know you have a lot to contribute to the world of writing in sharing your life experiences with us.

    • Aw, Pat… I love that we are friends. Your support make me so happy and i’m grateful for all that you do the cheer me on. 🙂

  • Krisma M.

    Hi Susan, this is such a helpful and inspiring article for me, as an aspiring writer. I’ve always wanted to write short stories and your writing process is such a great help. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to many more of your stories.

    • Hi Krisma and welcome, It pleases greatly that I was able to offer you help and inspiration. As you can tell, I am a big fan of short stories. Partly because they’re fun, and the other part being there short… LOL.

  • How cool Susan! I love this glimpse behind the curtain to know more about your writing process. I appreciate how freely you share from your own life experiences to encourage others.

    • Hi Jen, Thanks so much. I’ve done it all of my life so writing these same stories was natural step for me. 🙂

  • Wow, that’s a long writing process.

    And it makes sense..your posts are really good to read (and we always learn something from it :D).

    Me? I don’t do much editing…well, these days, I do spend a little more time with editing, but before that, I didn’t do it. I write the post and then publish it (Edited as I wrote).

    And it worked really well, at least back then. These days, I am making a lot more mistakes while typing (I think it’s because I tried to better how to type more efficiently, by using all my fingers. Since I was blogging at that time, I ended up mixing things – mixing the proper technique with my ‘bad’ technique!).

    So, I do edit. And I publish 😀

    Anyways, thank you for sharing this, Susan 🙂

    • Hi Jeevan, You so welcome my friend. How we write on a blog nowadays matters more then ever. What we could do before versus today is vastly different. So I can see why you now edit and pay more attention to syntax and sentence structure as apposed to before. Do you use any programs to help you write?

      • No, at least not now (I do have a spell checker plugin..not sure if it comes with WP or if it is part of another plugin).

        But, that’s pretty much it.

  • crystal Ross

    Hi and I love that you write stories from your life. There can be a deeper connection with your readers because they get to see a part of who you are. I Like the program you use to correct your grammar. Very crafty. Great blog! 🙂
    BHB Crystal Ross

    • Hi Crystal and welcome, Thanks. My stories are sone of my most popular posts for the stories themselves and the images I create for them. Grammarly is a awesome program that is created for Educational institutions to help kids and adults alike write better in general. It’s especially good for people like me. 🙂

  • Cheryl Therrien

    Your writing process may take some time, but in the end you know it is worth it. We readers LOVE your stories. And thanks for the shout out my friend. 🙂

    • Aw, thanks Cheryl… You are the best. You are so welcome. I know how busy you are. I do hope that you do the hope at some point in time.

  • It takes me awhile to decide what to write. I do a lot of editing in my head before I sit down at the keyboard. Most of my writing once I sit down comes very quickly with very little need for editing. My biggest problem is I am usually tapped out after about 500 – 600 words, some I have gone on to almost a 1000, but that is rare. I am under the theory that you can beat a subject to death. Maybe save the other part for future posts. So I am wondering if I could ever even write a group of short stories. Maybe need a whole lot of graphics to go with it! Might need a lot more adventures to build off of. lol


    • Hi Mary, I hear you. It takes me a whole lot longer, partly because I can hear it in my head but what comes out on the screen is wholly different. I really like that you are able to do what you do, and as a reader, I do so enjoy the out come. 🙂

  • Debra Yearwood

    Susan I so enjoy the stories that you tell and I’m constantly amazed at the level of detail and care you put into all of your posts, not to mention how prolific you are. I have often wondered where you find the time. When I consider the process you take I shouldn’t be surprised at the outcome but I still don’t know how you get the extra hours in each day. 🙂

    I have never used Grammarly, but I am curious about it and will do some investigation.

    • Hi Debra, I have wondered that myself… LOL. I do enjoy doing what I do. I see it more as a labor of love and not so much as work. It takes me about three days to do a story, one day to a wine or food posts. Partly because those are more formulaic in nature and I have done some pretty heavy research way in advance. Without Grammarly, for anything I write, I would be lost. 🙂

  • Wow, I’m impressed with the thoroughness you take with your short stories! I also like that you start with some of the posts that you’ve written to see if any of them would make good short stories. Very informative piece, I’m glad you decided to do this!

    • Hi Dan, Thanks so much. Jeri was the one who talked me into doing this. It was interesting for me to actually think about how I go about this thing called writing. I am still amazed that I do it at all. 🙂

  • Jacs Henderson

    The time and effort you put into your blog stories shines through Susan! They are all beautifully crafted, illustrated and spoken by you – and each one is a special treasure.
    I love my Pinterest Board with your collection on 🙂
    I see what a blog hop is now,and would love to do one later!
    Off to visit your friends now …
    thanks for sharing your process – it just adds to my admiration for you …:)

    • You just made my day, Jacs. You are such an awesome supporter and one of my best cheerleaders. This has been much more fun then I would have expected. I do hope you do one in the future. I know you’d enjoy it. 🙂