Liz Behlke Writes

Writer. Marketing strategist. Personal Historian.

About Liz Behlke

Resume Highlights:

Skills · Marketing strategy, team leadership, writing, teaching, arts and crafts

Marketing Management · Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Golden Gate University, Pacific Bell, SBG Partners, Allen & Dorward

Industries · Financial services, higher education, telecommunications, design and brand consulting, advertising

Teaching · Golden Gate University, Alaska Business Week, Sand Lake Science Fair, Camp Sealth

Education · MBA University of Southern California, BA University of Washington

Volunteering · TBA Theatre, Tomo no kai, Sand Lake PTSA

Organizations · AMA, IABC, Scribophile

Done That · Corporate identity · advertising · design management · creative briefs · brand standards · writing · retail location redesign · naming · logos · newsletters · testimonials · budgeting · management · annual reports · web site · AdWords · social media · sign standards · trade shows · events · video · direct mail · email · digital signage · sales materials · promotional displays · regulatory compliance · procedure documentation · vendor evaluation · teaching · planning · presentations · packaging · team building · employee development · research management

On Writing – An Interview With Myself

When did you first realize you enjoy writing?

My sixth grade teacher encouraged me to write a story and she typed it up, leaving room for illustrations. I wrote about two girls who went on an adventure together. Thinking it was important to include lots of detail, I spent an entire paragraph describing each item the girls packed in their suitcases.

Tell that story about your high school writing class.

My teacher got worried and pulled me aside one day after class. All my stories ended with the death of the main character. In fact, the major piece I was working on throughout the semester was a first person account of a death by drowning following the wreck of a small plane. The teacher was convinced I had a death obsession. I told her it was simply the case that I had a hard time figuring out what to do with my characters at the end of a story, so I was writing the end of their story. Since then I’ve found better ways to deal with endings.

Did you ever want to be a writer?

I always thought I’d use writing in my job, but I’ve been pretty pragmatic for as long as I can remember. In college I studied communications and that’s where I got interested in advertising and marketing.

What do you write?

I’ve kept journals on and off since I was a kid. Recently I found a little locked journal, each short entry starting with, “Today I…” Some of the words were so painfully spelled I could barely decipher them. I have several journals chronicling my travels and working through challenging times in my life. When I re-ignited story writing a couple years ago, I began with short memoirs, taking to heart the common advice to “write what you know.” I moved on to tackle a few embellished family tales. Lately I’ve been challenging myself with fiction and balancing that with quick articles about marketing and the working life.

How do you write?

The majority of my writing has been on an iPad. I acquired my first one as soon as they were introduced. I carry my tablet with me all the time. The requirement of any handbag I buy is that it fits my iPad Air. My most productive writing time is at the gym on the exercise bike. With extra blood pumping through a fresh morning brain and minimal distractions, I enjoy filling the otherwise dull workout with storytelling.

Do you edit your own work? 

Very much so. I edit always. Sometimes when I’m stuck and having a hard time moving a story forward, I go back and edit. This often helps me think of what the characters would do next. I prefer to have the entire piece completed and gone over with a fine toothed comb before I release it to the public.

Why do you share your writing?

I like subjecting my writing to critique so I can improve. Ever since I joined Scribophile I’ve been able to benefit from the perspectives of other writers. The feedback they provide hangs around in my head while I work on any new work, reminding me to use interesting descriptors, develop character, and make readers care about what they’re reading. I started my blog to share with friends and contacts. My Mom and Aunt Betty are my biggest fans. Hi Mom and Aunt Betty!

What are you contributing to the world?

I wonder about that. I like to think my personal stories will resonate with people who may have had similar experiences, and I try to write fiction that makes people think. But I feel especially content when telling the stories of others. I hope to be able to preserve moments from other people’s lives in an engaging way.

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