The Blog Tour asks 4 questions that I am looking forward to answering.
What are you working on?
“A word after a word after a word is power.” ~ Margaret Atwood.
As a freelance writer I am always working on a variety of different articles, sometimes for magazines or newsletters, or for online sites covering a huge range of subjects; addiction, mental health, women, family, abuse, relationships, faith, well-being. And of course I also write The Hurt Healer.
This week I am working on some articles for an addiction organisation to help others who are seeking to recover and lead extraordinary lives and I’m also doing a guest post for a therapy website. (I receive ridiculous amounts of requests to guest blog so I do have to limit how many I agree to!)
I’m continuously working on notes for The Hurt Healer and I’m also working on some e-books and e-workshops which will be integrated into my new website later this year.
How does your work differ from others of its genre?
“Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences” ~ Sylvia Plath
Whether it’s for publications on a shelf or on-line, I always write from experience and that well-known advice to ‘write about what you know’ is so true for me! Essential to all my writing is that it doesn’t just come from the head but that it comes from the heart.
Although there are lots of blogs of a similar genre to mine, I think what makes The Hurt Healer different is the amount of sharing of myself that is included in each post. When you read my blog, you read the work of my authentic self and not just the facts of the subject.
Why do you write what you do?
“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” Anne Frank
If you’re familiar with The Hurt Healer you will know that my ethos is that your past doesn’t have to define your present. I have experienced many difficulties in my own life, so as I share these times I hope that the reader can be inspired and encouraged to overcome their own struggles.
I often get asked about why I share so openly, and the answer is simple. Because I can. By reclaiming my faith at the start of my emotional recovery I have been able to reclaim my life. Today I strive to live my life as the person I was meant to be, and I write so that others will see that it is possible and desirable to pursue their authentic too.
How does your writing process work?
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ~ Stephen King
My writing process starts with reading a lot. I’ve always several books on the go and I read online, with an e-reader and I still love a proper paper book. I have to admit my mind is constantly filling up with writing ideas and consequently I have notebooks everywhere to jot these down.
When I actually sit down to complete a piece I usually have a good idea of what I want to include, but I start with a rough draft. There’s always a great deal of editing as I inevitably write too much, so I fine-tune until I am happy with it.
Magazine articles tend to have to be quite structured and formal, so one of the nicest things about my blog is that I can allow the post to develop more organically. Sometimes it can turn out completely differently to how I envisaged at the outset. And I love that freedom!
Well I hope you’ve enjoyed my replies and now it’s time to introduce you to three other writers with a diversity of styles who will be joining The Blog Tour on 12th May.
In her own words Michelle Smith says that her ‘writing has kept her sober’ but she is so much more than a recovering alcoholic who writes. Expressive and innovative, her blog rising woman is a great place to start to find out more about her short-stories and novels. If you love gritty, thought-provoking writing featuring strong women then you will love what she has to offer.
I first met Sandra Bellamy through her blog quirky books. Having been made redundant twice, she decided to turn her life around and pursue her two passions; writing and helping people. See how she achieves both by visiting her new site beat redundancy blues. And keep an eye out for her book due to be released on Amazon: Break Through The Barriers of Redundancy to Get Back Into Work – An A-Z ‘How to’ guide.
For full-on faith writing, Susan Schiller of Writing Ourselves to a Better World is a site that will inspire. Not only does she share her own amazing life-story, but she helps and supports others to do the same. Under the guidance of her passionate beliefs, she has a heart to help the hurting transform their lives. As well as offering the opportunity to share Heart Scribes , Susan offers an ecourse on memoir writing.
Please do visit them, and a final thank you again to Jenny Alexander for the invitation to the tour. My next post will be something completely different; ‘If you’re afraid to do it, do it afraid!’
“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” Gloria Steinem