Writing — Abby Off the Record

Writing

I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember. I started out penning comic books and mystery stories in my bedroom as a child, inspired by such great works as Harriet the Spy, the Ramona and Anastasia Krupnik series, Archie comics, and Sweet Valley High. What can I say? My influences were varied.

As a grownup, I graduated to writing music and movie reviews, articles, essays, and corporate copy for newspapers, magazines, web sites, and companies. For more about where I’ve been published and to read clips of my work, visit my professional web site, www.AbigailGreen.com.

Off the Record

This blog, as the name implies, is me “off the record” – what I write about when I’m not on assignment. I hate to pigeonhole myself as a “mommy blogger,” but if that means writing about ornery toddlers, pushy preschoolers, the farce of trying to cook for a vegetarian, a carnivore and 2 picky-tarians, my constant quest for “me time,” and other aspects of my life as a full-time stay-at-home mom and part-time work-at-home writer, then fine, call me a mommy blogger.

I once read a quote by a famous author stating, “Writers hate writing but love to have written.” That’s not true for me. I love to write. I love everything about it – coming up with ideas, getting them down on paper (or the computer screen), finding the perfect word, and revising (and revising and revising) my work so I’m saying exactly what I mean to say, how I mean to say it, and nothing more. Somewhere along the line, I even began teaching writing classes, which I discovered I love almost as much as writing. Publishing’s a different story, but I won’t go into that here.

Better than Fiction

I’m a nonfiction girl at heart. I read the occasional novel, but have zero desire to write one. I much prefer reading and writing essays, humor, and narrative nonfiction. To me, real life is better than anything I could possibly make up.

My passion is writing personal essays, which is why when someone suggested I start a blog way back when I was pregnant with my first child (5 years ago), it was a no-brainer. I could write whatever I wanted? About my own life? Without sending out query letters, going through endless rounds of edits and endless tiers of editors, and waiting a year or more to see my words in print? Sign me up!

Diary of a New Mom was my first baby. Besides my real baby, I mean. When I felt I’d outgrown that (and given away all my maternity clothes forever), I decided to start this new blog. Sometimes I’ll write about parenting, sometimes I’ll write about writing, sometimes I’ll write about all sorts of random stuff, but I promise you I’ll keep writing. And I hope you’ll keep reading.

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