Friday, 22 August 2014

My writing process

      Maybe I'm just nosey, but I love finding out more about my fellow bloggers. I've always been a fan of reading posts that give me more of an insight into the person behind the writing and pretty pictures. I'll be honest though, until I was tagged by Hannah from Daisies and DMs, I had never heard of blog hop posts. This one specifically is all about the writing process of bloggers. I absolutely loved Hannah's post which can be found here, so I decided to take up her offer and get involved!

      What are you working on?
The end of the summer holidays is approaching terrifyingly quickly (not that most of you needed reminding) so at the moment I’m preparing some fashion posts for students. Everything I feature in the series will be affordable – which means no Grafea backpacks, as much as it pains me – and school/college appropriate without being dull.

For the same reason, I’m also trying to squeeze out as many scheduled blog posts as possible since A-Levels don’t leave me with so much blogging time. Usually I’m quite a sporadic blogger which leaves me longing to be at my laptop when revising and having no inspiration once I’ve finished. It’s a real problem. So hopefully the advanced planning will help me out next term.

How does my work differ from others in the genre?
I like to think that my writing style is what puts me apart from other bloggers. I’ve spent a lot of time developing my own written voice and even though I don’t have a fancy camera or photography skills, I hope that this comes across to all of you.

It’s hard to say specifically what makes my work different from others though because all blogs are so personal. That’s why we love it, right?

Why do I write what I do?
Mainly and simply, it’s because I adore it. And I’m not being dramatic, I honestly get a thrill from writing about fashion.

When I first started Paige of Fashion I also had every intention of going into fashion journalism after university. Maybe I thought posting every day would get me onto the editing desk of British Vogue. I decided to gain as much experience of the industry as possible and blogging seemed like one way of doing that. Even now when I’m not so sure on the career path I want to take, Paige of Fashion is still a huge aspect of my life and one I’m not willing to let go of.

How does my writing process work?
As I said, I’m generally sporadic when it comes to blogging. I would love to be one of these super bloggers who has a planner and the ability to write every single post a month in advance but I’m just not. I get inspiration randomly and find it impossible to force myself to write about something I’m not intensely passionate about in that moment. Hence why my attempts at scheduling posts aren't going so well!

I carry around a simple notepad with me everywhere I go to make sure I always have somewhere to jot down ideas. So when I’m in Tesco picking up some cereal and suddenly get struck by an OOTD concept, I don’t forget it by the time I’ve got home.

As far as the actual writing goes, I usually do blogging at my desk. It’s my favourite place in the world and I kit it out with everything a fashion blogger might need – my laptop, a few magazines, tea and a scented candle. Then I just write. I don’t follow structures, I just go where my mind takes me. I'll usually leave it a few hours before posting and do one final proof read to try and get rid of any errors I missed after first writing the posts. 

There you have it, my writing process and everything that goes into creating posts here on Paige of Fashion! I nominate Jessica, Kamila and anybody else reading to give this blog hop a go if you so desire.

Happy Friday,
Bethany Paige X


  1. I loooove grafea backpacks, but I am going to have to join you on the NO BUYING list :( 'Sporadic' just remind me of jess in clueless haha I hope not sporadically AND I have NO idea what I want to do either, like you I had a set idea & now it's all hopeless again, I hope that's just life xxx

    Blonde of Carbs

    1. I probably learnt it from the film to be honest! And I think it probably is, I'm just going with the flow at the moment in the hopes that I find something I want to do eventually! xxx

  2. I really love your blogging process Bethany! I love your writing voice and you are so passionate about what you do :)
    Also, as somebody that's a recent uni graduate, it's seriously ok not to know what you want to do right now. I'd advise you to study something you have passion for, and go from there. You have to have faith that these things work themselves out eventually and there's so much pressure on students to know what you want to do for the rest of your life before they've even hit 16, and life just doesn't work like that. xx

    1. Thank you so so much Hannah. This is probably one of the nicest and most encouraging comments I've ever received xx