First, a big thank you to Teri Connolly, who has kindly invited me to write about writing in a blog taggging event.
For a long time, I have admired Teri’s beautiful, heart-felt writing and her sweet, caring nature, and I am very grateful for being tagged and included in this event by her.
Please check out Teri’s post at http://tericonnolly.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/tag-youre-it-writing-about-writing/ .
Now, as part of this blog tagging event, I have been asked to answer four questions about writing, and here they are.
What are you currently working on? In addition to writing posts for my blog, I am working on my first book, which I am very excited about and hope to get published this year. The book is a memoir of my mother’s experience with ALS, and the story takes the reader on a personal journey of symptoms, mis-diagnoses, and the final diagnosis of ALS, and it follows the progression of this disease as her body deteriorates. It also includes difficult, and at times volatile, family interactions, and is a very raw and personal view of what we went through. This book would appeal to anyone dealing with a difficult or progressive illness, or anyone interested in a personal view of ALS and how it affects the rest of the family.
How does your work differ from others in the same genre? My book deals with ALS, a difficult, debilitating, and progressive illness, and brings a personal perspective and insights to an issue that is not often discussed. As uncomfortable as it was to expose what we personally went through as a family, I have not pulled any punches, and I have put it all out there for the world to see. In addition to the struggles, this book lets people know that they are not alone, and it offers helpful suggestions to others dealing with a similar illness, in order to help other families navigate their way through this type of struggle.
Why do you write what you write? Most of my writing is really from a very heart-felt place. Whether it’s struggling with issues, sharing experiences, or writing my book, it all comes from a deep place of genuine expansion and Love. I believe I write for three very strong reasons. One, an issue or topic demands attention in my consciousness to the point that it simply cannot be ignored, and addressing it and getting it written down on paper (or on the computer) really helps clarify and focus the issues, and this helps me on many levels. Two, writing helps me open and expand. I am usually surprised and amazed at what comes through, and I grow and learn more about myself as I write. It is a process of peeling back layers and uncovering depth that I was not really aware of, and it leaves me much more present, open, and in a heart space. And three, I enjoy writing, and I write to share my thoughts, insights, and perspective with others. I have found that exposing my deepest thoughts and experiences validates it for me and also might possibly help someone else in a similar place or with a similar struggle.
Describe your writing process. For my blog posts, I feel an inner stirring that compels me to address various feelings, struggles, and perspectives in life. These issues and topics somehow erupt in me on their own and explode into my consciousness, and I am absolutely compelled to get them down on paper. I first usually scribble the words down on a notepad, and then I usually let it all simmer for a couple days, as deeper parts of me play with the topic. After that, as I type it into a Word document, the words shift and flow into something greater, which shows, lives, and breathes what it is I am trying to express. After it is finished, I look back over it and am always amazed at what has come through. My words come from a much deeper place than simply my thoughts, and for that, I am very grateful.
For my book, the writing is a process of re-living the experiences, finding words to convey what has happened, and then revising it and bringing it to life as much as possible, so that the reader can live it through my words as though it was happening now. This is a much longer process, and I am currently in the final revision stages.
I am very excited about my book – please stay tuned to find out when it will be published!
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