Blog Tour: My Writing Process

oatmeal caramel barsThese are oatmeal dulce de leche bars, or caramelitas. These have nothing to do with today’s post but I thought you guys won’t mind a picture and a recipe for oatmeal bars with sweet and sticky dulce de leche, dark chocolate, and a crumble topping.

Today I’m doing something a little different.

I’ve been invited to join the “My Writing Process” Blog Tour, where bloggers talk about what and how we write, then invite three other bloggers to do the same. Think of it as a chain letter of sorts. I was asked to join by Alaina from The Jogging Concierge, who has become one of my very favorite friends (she and I watched the Boston Marathon together last week and I couldn’t think of a better companion for an event like that). I’m always interested in how other bloggers approach their writing and I figured some of you may be as well so I decided to participate. Participants in the blog tour answer the same four questions below.

What am I working on?

Right now I am working very hard on just graduating from my master’s program. Regular readers know that I quit my job in advertising last December so I could focus on finishing my degree, plus work a little more on the blog. Well, it turns out I underestimated how hard it is to be a full-time student! Between writing my thesis, studying for finals, and doing all the requirements to graduate, I’ve had very little free time. I’m trying to stick to a regular posting schedule here (did you guys notice that I’ve been publishing a new post on Mondays and Thursdays now?) but it’s definitely been challenging to keep up with all the recipe development, restaurant reviews, baking, cooking, photography, editing, and the actual writing. On top of that, I still work part time for TalkingWriting (a magazine for creative writers and readers), do freelance writing (stay tuned for a cool piece that I’m really excited about, to be published in a couple of weeks ), and I’m actively looking for a full-time job again. Then there’s everything else I love: yoga, running, hanging out with my friends, going on dates (hah just kidding, this took a backseat), Sunday night TV, doing my hair, you know the usual stuff.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I like to think that my readers keep coming back to this blog because my personality shines through in my writing. It’s not just recipes and restaurants and pretty pictures. You’re always going to get a chatty story, and you know that sometimes I can be sassy, but sometimes I can be serious. I give my readers a glimpse into my personal life: that one time I got asked out by someone 10 years younger, or that other time I went on  date with caramel in my hair, and lots of stories about my family (I have the best dad, the most awesome mom, and two wonderful sisters). I write about checking things off my bucket list and I chronicle my other travel adventures. I admit that when I moved to the U.S. 10 years ago, I hardly knew how to cook, so every recipe here is easy and non-intimidating (and no one’s going to judge kitchen fails). I’m also different because of my background. I grew up in the Philippines, and my life in Manila is different from my life here in Boston, but in a way I did a lot of my growing up here. There’s a lot of heart and soul in this blog.

Why do I write what I do?

I started this blog because I love writing and I love food, and this is the perfect way to marry both. Eventually, my little blog grew to be an extension of me and in a way, it made me love writing and food even more.

How does your writing process work?

A writing teacher once told me: “First, write from the heart. Then, write from your head.” I do that whether I’m writing for my blog or for another publication. Although because this is a food blog, my writing process is tied to an editorial calendar, making the actual recipe and writing down notes, taking photos, writing a draft, editing, and publishing. Essentially my writing process is: draft, edit, polish, edit again.

 chia blueberry puddingThe only connection that this Coconut Chia Pudding has with my writing process is that I was eating it while I was writing this.

Now for the chain mail part. Next Monday, May 5th, three of my blogger friends will be participating in this “My Writing Process” Blog Tour. I hope you check out their sites.

Meghan from Travel, Wine, and Dine – I met Meghan about four years ago at a small blogger get-together. She and I have a lot of things in common (hello, travel, wine, and dine!) I love reading about her culinary adventures and even her running stories (she is a 6-time marathon runner). Meghan is one of the nicest and most sincere people I’ve met through blogging, and I’m happy that I can call her a friend.

Michelle from The Economical Eater – Some people might assume that Michelle and I are very different because 1) she’s a vegetarian (and you all know how much I love meat), and 2) she’s an economical eater… because I have to admit I’m not very good at being “economical.” But you know what changes that? Being a full-time student! So I have new found appreciation for not spending a fortune at every meal. But seriously, Michelle is one impressive lady: she’s a freelance writer and private caterer, and she has inspired me multiple times to make delicious meatless meals. Plus, she also has a serious sweet tooth so we get along very well.

Molly from Pop.Bop.Shop – Molly writes a fun lifestyle blog that covers the very things that make me giggly and excited: pop culture, food, travel, fashion, books, and entertainment. She is my go-to for weekly TV show recaps, but also for new restaurants in and around the Boston area.

I hope you guys liked the blog tour. There’s going to be ice cream here soon!

   

23 Responses to “Blog Tour: My Writing Process”

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    Laura | Pass the Knife posted April 28, 2014 at 10:59 am

    It’s so interesting to hear how you think about writing. Reading your blog completely brings you to life.

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 28th, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Thank you, Laura! That means a lot to me :) Have a great week!

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    Molly Galler posted April 28, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Loved reading about your writing process and you’re correct – I come back again and again for the sparkling personality (especially the sass) and the addiction to chocolate. Looking forward to sharing my writing process in the next round. Thrilled to be included with Meghan and Michelle, whose blogs I read religiously!

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 28th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      Thank you, Molly :) I really appreciate that!

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    Michelle Lahey posted April 28, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks for the kind words, Bianca! I loved reading this post, and I’m excited to participate next week!

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    Megan posted April 28, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Love your blog and it was nice getting a little insight into your process.

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted April 28, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    how cool-love this post!

    (and the deeeeelicious, gooooey, bars!

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    Meghan posted April 28, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I love this post! Thank you so much for including me!

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    Joanne posted April 29, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I always love getting insight into how others write and work. It’s always inspiring!

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    Choc Chip Uru posted April 29, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Thanks for giving a little insight into your writing style, it is so wonderful :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Melanie @ Bon Appet'Eat posted April 30, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Hi Bianca!
    I love your writing style and you always have amazing pictures!
    Blogging can be a full time job and I know how hard it can be to stick to a schedule but the more important is quality not quantity :)
    Keep doing what you are doing!
    Melanie

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 30th, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      Thank you, Melanie, I appreciate that!

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    Dana @ Simply Romanesco posted April 30, 2014 at 11:45 am

    This is such an inspiring post, Bianca! Thank you for sharing this with us :) You write a beautiful blog and you’re personality always shines through!

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 30th, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      Thank you, Dana, it makes me so happy to hear that!

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    Simply Life posted April 30, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    I love this series! Way to go with grad school!

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 30th, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      Thank you! Grad school has been challenging but fun :)

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking posted April 30, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Always nice to get inside another blogger’s brain. Your recipes and writing are inspiring, Bianca! Keep going, girl!

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 30th, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Thanks, Georgia, I appreciate it!

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    Suki F posted April 30, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    This really made me think differently about the articles I read from you before. Interesting!

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    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com posted May 5, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Bianca, I came over from Meghan’s blog just now. And I did enjoy the photo of the caramelitas even though they had nothing to do with this post! I have to dash out in a few minutes but will come back later and read more of your lovely blog.

    • Bianca Garcia replied May 5th, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      Hi Jean, and welcome! Thanks for the note :)

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    Ella posted September 14, 2014 at 7:05 am

    I stumbled upon your blog 2 or 3 years ago from reading one of your comments over at pinch of yum by Lindsay, and from then on I fell in love with your stories- both on your food and cooking adventure ( and your bonus independent living/studying overseas). I love your writing style. You are one of the best food bloggers for me who inspired me to create my own food/cooking blog. :) So keep it up Ms. Bianca!

    And I hope to meet you soon when you’re here in Manila! :)

    • Bianca Garcia replied September 14th, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      Hi Ella, thank you so much for your comment and your kind words. I appreciate you reading my blog, and I am so happy to hear that I helped to inspire you. Good luck with everything! Take care.

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