I was invited to participate in what’s called a blog tour by author and blogger Sheryl Dluginski. (Check out her website here!)
The plan is to answer four questions about my writing process, then introduce three new bloggers who will do the same next week as the tour continues on. You’re invited to jump in on the tour now!
1. What am I working on?
I am always juggling a number of projects professionally. My most pressing project is compiling all — yes, all! — of the best tips for a better night’s sleep. Coming up will be a piece on spring allergies (yay, spring!), and on the back burner are some fitness-heavy ideas, like all the things you’re doing wrong when you squat and a whole bunch of fun plank variations.
Personally, I journal regularly, often in the form of poetry. Most of these scribblings are not at all intended for public consumption, but every once in a while I let one slip.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Fitness writing can be intimidating, exclusive, and downright boring if you’re not careful. I like to think my work is a little more relatable and approachable for people who aren’t necessarily the biggest fitness fans, while still being interesting (and hopefully, educational!) to diehard devotees.
3. Why do I write what I do?
Part of me writes out of necessity. It’s always felt like the easiest way to sort out my emotions and to let go of stress and tension. I figured out early on that spewing my emotions on paper wouldn’t necessarily make for a prolific career, but writing about fitness was a perfect way to marry my passions for both writing and healthy living — and maybe make a little moolah in the process. I am seriously passionate about fitness. As goofy as it sounds, exercising is one of my favorite hobbies. I feel very blessed and proud to be able to write what I do.
4. How does my writing process work?
In my personal writing, I often find the process starts with something that’s bugging me. I’ll be thinking it through on a run or on my commute to work and a particular line or phrase will come to me. I’ll often mull it over for a day or two before putting anything on paper, and by that time, I’ve started to develop a few supporting thoughts and phrases.
Professionally, I know I do my best writing in the middle of the workday. I try to structure my days so I can read and do research during the mornings, conduct interviews in the early afternoon and write during the middle of the afternoon. I like to write and revise a couple of drafts, and then it’s off to my editor. We brainstorm new ideas weekly and on the fly, depending on other stories in the news, comments on the site, and feedback from our social media followers.
Up next, I present to you:
Becca and I met in
high school middle school(!) and recently reconnected over our shared love of fitness! She’s a NASM-CPT and a licensed Speech Language Pathologist documenting her life in recovery from an eating disorder and on a journey to fitness over at Flex and Shout Fitness.
She says: “I have a vast history of disordered eating and body image, but through a found passion for fitness and life, recovery was made possible. My goal is to help women feel confident and comfortable in their own bodies, regardless of size or shape. The human body is an incredible thing, and much too precious for us to abuse as the media instructs us. Everyone is capable of loving their bodies. ”
Paula and I worked together during my time at Health.com. She’s a TV producer and a compulsive list-maker — a habit we share in common! Check her out at The List Producer.
Julie D. Andrews
Julie and I met at Time Inc. She’s the author of the new book Real Is the New Natural. Julie is a writer and an editor (check out her blog here) living in New York City. Her specialty is healthy lifestyle, which includes healthy eating, relaxing, relationships, finances and career. Her articles have appeared in print and on the websites of Prevention, Shape, Men’s Fitness, Cosmopolitan For Latinas, Fitness, Glamour, Elle, New York Magazine, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Yahoo!, YourTango, MSN, Grandparents, iVillage, TheNest, NYC Metro Sports, New York Moves and more.
Thanks for reading!