Blog Tour|My Writing Process

Today, I am participating in the My Writing Process Blog Tour. I would like to thank  fellow blogger and friend Freya Pickard for nominating me. Freya, author of fantasy novel Dragonscale Leggings is also an expert haiku creator whose work can be found at


I am currently working on creating my first book of poetry.  This body of work will be constructed by grouping specific pieces together for the purpose of falling under their own categorized genres such as Spiritual, Inspirational, and Societal. The book will be entitled “The Works of Life” and will display everyday ups and downs that we all deal with regardless of our various lifestyles. Many of the pieces found on this blog will be included in the book along with some new ones. Although the book is still a work in progress, I will happily announce the day of publishing here at Brighter Poetics in the near future.

My style of writing comes strictly from the heart and mind. I call myself an emotional writer which is probably why some of my favorite pieces were created during my saddest, happiest,  most confused, and angriest days or nights. A lot of what I write has a dark feel to it, but in the end, there is usually a hopeful light at the end of the tunnel. Another difference in my style of writing is that I don’t always follow a format. You will find that some of my poems have punctuation, and some do not…some have a specific stanza line count, while others don’t, etc. I simply allow what is in me at the time to come out until I have rid myself of whatever emotion I am experiencing at that moment.

My writing is meant to inspire, uplift, and relate to those who struggle and persevere towards the peace and happiness in life that we all seek. Everyone goes through something and some times can prove to be much more difficult than others to come through, but my belief that ‘there is always a way’ is a message that I am adamant about sending out through my work. Writing this way has been my own personal form of therapy, so it is my intent to put words together that may help others to travel their personal paths with strength, integrity, and final victory.

The process that I go through while writing may seem a bit weird, but hey – you do what works. 🙂 First, I start with a brainstorm for a topic granted that I am not experiencing an extreme bout between my emotions and myself (which makes things easier as stated before). Once I have I topic, I will scribble my thoughts on a piece of paper which is usually a bit difficult to go back and read because of the messiness of writing in a rush, but somehow I always manage to decipher. Next, I will decide depending on topic and category whether the poem should have a rhyme scheme or not. Poems without a rhyme scheme seem to be a little easier for me, but I enjoy the rhyme more, so the weirdness comes in with the imaginary beat that I hear in my head. The words come to me, and with my pen, I tap the syllables of each constructed line on the table to make sure that the words go with the beat. Once I can ‘hear’ the lyrical air exuded in the piece due to this weird little tapping method, the editing process begins with more tapping included with each change. These are the poems that usually are not punctuated. It ends up more like an edited freestyle piece, but upon the last bit of editing, I know that the piece is done and a feeling of satisfaction takes over which is my cue to click the publish button.

There, you have it!

Thanks again to Freya Pickard for the invite! 🙂







11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Christy Birmingham
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 07:12:37

    Honey, so happy to hear you are working on your first book! Yayyy! I can’t wait to read it. Also it’s nice to see you back here too. 🙂


  2. devynstella
    Jul 27, 2014 @ 05:21:37

    Wow that’s wonderful news Charlene. I wish nothing but great things for you and writing process.


    • Charlene Woodley
      Aug 10, 2014 @ 07:45:52

      Thank you Devynstella! It will be a long process because of the newness of the project along with getting my head wrapped around the technical aspects, but I’m working on it! 🙂


  3. purehaiku
    Jan 09, 2015 @ 21:49:50

    lovely post this Charlene!


  4. irinadim
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 17:33:06

    Wishing you all the best with your first poetry book. It’s hard work. I published my first book last year. Cheers 🙂 Irina


  5. irinadim
    Feb 21, 2015 @ 05:02:30

    Great! 🙂


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