Lisa J. Grissom [lisajgrissom]
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
Absolutely! Much of my work can be found at www.lifewonderments.com. Most of my writings are meanderings that touch on a variety of topics including writing itself, personal development, spiritual memoir, entrepreneurship, things I wonder about and sometimes excerpts of my own poetry.
The type of writing on my blog is my favorite genre to write, as it comes very natural to me, but my favorite genre to read is by far fiction. I love many (not all) types of fiction! It would probably be easier for me to tell you what I don't like than what I do like. I don't find myself drawn much to fantasy, vampire-related, or Harlequin-type romance novels. Other than that, I'm almost always fair-game for giving it a try!
Next to fiction, my next greatest loves to read falls into non-fiction categories--mostly about healing, spiritual memoir, inspiration/insights for small business owners and writing that explores the evolutionary development of a person or business.
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
Well, I'm always noodling around with thought fragments that I write down in my notes. Because I am have several other unrelated projects going on, it's not always opportune to write when the inspiration strikes me.
So when I do get ready to write I just pull up my notes and start meandering on any one of the given topics I've noted. It's somewhat of a surreal process, because I don't consciously choose a topic from the list. I just start writing and let it take me where it wants to go by drawing off my experiences. Sometimes, several topics end up getting blended together and sometimes everything goes off in a totally unexpected, new direction!
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
Oh, I most definitely write for me! And I also know that I am not terminally unique in many of the things I write/think about, nor the experiences I have in my life. Most of my writing stems from my experiences or one of those committee meetings in my head where I'm trying to get clarity on something and just need to write.
My personal contract in life is that "I Am an Authentic & Loving Woman" and my personal mission is "To create experiences for people to come exactly as they are and receive healing thru quality live music, written and spoken words." I feel like my blog, www.lifewonderments.com, is a part of this mission, as well as my day job, where I work as an concert designer and promoter.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Absolutely! And I believe that internal conflicts are a creative force for many different types of artistry! Some of us choose to use it as such, and some of us choose to stew in it!
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
Really, I've been pretty undisciplined about my writing. It seems to happen in spurts, in between work-related demands, although as of recently, I am making a concerted effort to write on a more routine basis. I know better, though, than to jump off a cliff and go from where I am now to writing a blog post everyday, so I've deliberately started small with somewhat of a loose goal in order to set myself up for success. As my writing habits grow better, I can amp up my metrics.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I usually do almost of my blog writing on a computer. I use several different apps that are tools for this process. Occasionally though, if I'm traveling or in a hospital waiting room or something like that, I'll write by hand. And there are some exercises, such as personal inventories, gratitude lists, journaling, etc. that I think bear more fruit if done by hand. There is a distinct difference, in my opinion, between writing by hand and writing by computer. So I usually do what I perceive to be the right medium, given what I need to write about.
What skills would you advise a want-to-be-entrepreneur to acquire?
You can never know what's around the corner and most of the time, it's been my experience that if I knew what all was in store for me before I started a project, I probably would have elected to not start it!
I think the obstacles that come along the way are really just opportunities for growth, however impossible they seem or feel at the time. Maybe not opportunities for business growth, but they could be opportunities for personal growth, as well! I find that my business and personal development trajectories have alway been inexplicably linked. Where I learn lessons in one, I apply to the other and vice versa.
So my advise to a want-to-be-entrepreneur would be have lots of willingness. Willingness will be a key ingredient in your success and unlocks many otherwise slammed-shut doors. You have to be willing to do things that make you uncomfortable, like delegate, fire someone, go sell, or learn social media, etc., etc. After all, those are just opportunities for growth! So go for it!
Lisa J. Grissom