My good friend and blogging aficionado, Saira, asked me a while back if I would want to participate in a “writer’s chain letter” and explore my writing processes. Of course, because it’s Saira and because this blog has become a hobby, I agreed to participate, in spite of potentially breaking the chain with my belatedness. But before I do that, I must give credit to where it’s due.
What am I working on?
Right now, this blog is all that I’m working on. And by working, I mean, slacking off with. I do dream about writing a book (genre unknown) but for right now, that remains a dream. I want this blog to really start taking off before I take on another project. Between school, my daughter, single-parenthood and my beloved job, I tell myself I have no time for anything else. But school will be over in less than a year (inshAllah!) and I’ll have more time to concentrate on writing.
I’ve always been a writer. I used to write pages of poetry and fiction when I was much younger but those are probably wasting away in landfill somewhere. But aside from very few people, no one knew I was a writer, until this post emerged and suddenly, it seemed like the world knew my secret.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I can’t figure out what my genre is. A little bit of Islamic. A little bit of self-help. And a lot of rambling. But really, it’s my thought processes that this blog highlights. I don’t like to stick to a single category and soon, I hope to make this blog a smorgasbord of topics but that’s still a work in progress.
But how does my work differ from others? It differs because it’s my voice. It differs because it’s my thoughts. It differs because it’s my words. No two writers have the same persona, no matter how similar they may be.
How does your writing process work?
I used to write in the moment. Most of my posts have been written on the spur of the moment, usually late into the night. I usually write when my emotions are at the peak and words just happen to flow. I have the WordPress app on my phone and whenever a post comes into mind, I just open it and type away.I have a cute little journal that I jot down ideas in from time to time but those ideas usually never make it to the virtual atmosphere.
As of lately, my posts have been semi-spurred and semi-planned. But I think as I start organizing my thoughts and the blog more, there will be more planned posts. Like I said, I really want this blog to take off and in order for it to take off, I have to work harder.
Zeba is a mom of 3 wonderful children, with one who has Autism. She is 50% white and 50% Pakistani (and 100% Muslim) and currently resides in Dubai, with her three children and husband-friend, Waleed. Zeba is a blogger, a writer, a graphic designer and all things supermom. She writes for Muslim Matters and has her own blog. You can follow her on Twitter @zebasez.
Malik Shabazz is a blogger from Toronto, who considers himself a hardcore nerd, because he loves video games. He would willingly trade in his future wife for a video game, if the opportunity arose. Writing and helping people has always been a passion of his and he merges the two together on his blog and Facebook page. He considers himself to be joker and full of sarcasm.