My friend Fiona Leonard recently responded to a challenge by my partner-in-Ashesi-related-crimes, Kajsa Hallberg Adu to talk about her writing process.

Fiona in turn challenged three writers to do the same, and – for some bizarre reason – I was one of them. Personally I do not think myself much of a writer, so when a friend who you respect as a writer calls you one, it’s quite an honour.

So here goes…

What am I working on?

I am currently working a collection of ten short stories based on Ghanaian urban legends. I tried last summer and failed and since then, I have been waiting for another block of time within which I can write daily. Ashesi just went on holiday so that time is pretty much now. If I fail, Fiona has telling rights on one of the stories.

I am also in the middle of reorganising my blog around my various hats as a writer, DJ, lecturer and as an African.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

With regards to fiction, I am still discovering my writing voice and so I really cannot say. If people eventually find my writing imaginative and it makes them pause for thought though, I won’t complain.

As a blogger and freelance writer, what sets my work apart is that I am the one writing it. I come from a weird combination of backgrounds and experiences that make me a bit of what Ethan Zuckerman calls a ‘bridge figure’: able to look at my culture from both an insider and an outsider perspective.

Why do I write what I do?

Mainly because I enjoy writing. I am much more comfortable writing than I am speaking.

Besides that however, I write because feel like I have something to say. Everybody does, really. I am surprised by how many people send me messages after particular blog posts to say that I have said something they wanted to say. I honestly wish that more people would write.

How does my writing process work?

I have worked with people like Kajsa Hallberg Adu and Ato Kwamena Dadzie who seem able to write at the drop of a hat. I envy them.

Sometimes (usually early in the morning), I get a bee in my bonnet, and start writing out a plan. Then I get so caught up in the plan that I end up writing out the whole thing.

This works great for short write ups like blogs and such. It’s not a particularly great way to write longer pieces though. My challenge this summer will be to channel it into a daily writing ritual for completing my short story collection.

So that’s me.

My turn to pass on the four questions to three writers. Hmmm. I choose…


5 thoughts on “#MyWritingProcess

  1. Nice one…which reminds me that I am yet to respond to Kajsa’s challenge…Nsem pii. Can I blame the fact that my mac was stolen last Friday? Yes I shall even though Kajsa challenged me long before that 🙂


  2. Hahahahaah. That exact thought crossed my mind literally before your comment came through. Me later than Mr Chief Procrastinator himself? Hahahah. My superwoman cape has slipped so far…Love you Kobby! I’m inspired to respond 🙂


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