Blog Tour: My Writing Process

Mary Beth Coudal, co-founder of  Boot Camp For Writers, and blogger (The Pursuit of Happiness) invited me to join this tour. I am to answer four questions about my writing process and introduce you to three new bloggers, who will do the same next week and on it goes.

1. What am I working on?

ImageI am working on the finalization of the memoir I began in 2008 titled, Passing Through, (which may or may not remain the title). The story is about losing my parents in relatively close proximity and the slow peeling of thoughts, beliefs and emotions that once covered a more judgmental, less compassionate, me. I believe when information is presented in a digestible manner we can learn to afford the dying safe and dignified passage and the living a guilt-free road upon which to continue. The experience was complicated and transformational.The redemptive lesson: Death can teach you how to live.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

ImageA tough and often asked question. I’m not sure it does (I hear a buzzing noise, that is not the right answer, is it?) Obviously, the specificity of characters, storyline and tone, are unique to me. The experience however remains universal, adding to its appeal. The numbers dealing with death and dying have increased to record proportions as the Baby Boomer generation hits their 60’s and their senior citizen parents reach their 80’s and beyond. We are circling the 120 million mark. Memoirs are being published as Boomers grapple with this experience. I am interested in humane endings and staying present through the (difficult and emotional) process. My memoir is another vantage point that will reach people, differently.

3. Why do I write what I do?


Memorial Garden

I write because I must. Sometimes my writing helps me process what is happening (as in the case of the memoir). I write to express beauty, or haunting emotion, or intrigue. There are times when the once removed waystation of writing gives me the space to ingest the experience I am living through, working on it in the background, so I may keep my full attention on the present moment, sanely and effectively. I write nonfiction in response to the world around me. My writing started early as part of my sifting, absorption, and comprehension. Since I could think, feel and express, I wrote.

4. How does your writing process work?

ImageSticking with nonfiction, I write as I see it. I have been known to embellish or delete information depending on what enhances the story. I write when the feeling strikes, it’s not a 9 – 5 for me, never was. But when that desire hits, I must write, like an itch that needs scratching. I almost always have pen and paper to write down scattered thoughts and phrases. Writing allows me to say what I might not otherwise feel comfortable saying, at least not initially. I do write at least three times a week for my blog, I find solace and release in writing. As though the experience can live outside me, giving me time for reflection and offering me perspective. I feel better once I’ve written, like a shower after a sweaty, gritty day – I’m cleaned.

Next stops on the blog tour are:

Celia Rhodes, We have become online writing friends. Although we live across the country and have never met, we’ve established a trust and comradeship.

Celia says: I am: Wife; mother; grandmother.  Rebel in a family of conformists.  Thinker; seeker.  Photographer; digital artist.  Funny, irreverent, disciplined and sloppy, lost and found, outgoing and private.  At the core, whatever else changes, I am me.  Always.  My writing reflects these facets, the wisdom and insight gained–often painfully–on life’s continuing journey.

Sheryl Burpee Dluginski: Sheryl and I are friends from our once-a-month writing group, which manages to cut through the nonsense and veneers of life with stupendous accuracy.
Sheryl says her writing is meant to guide you on your path toward health and healing. On her own journey toward optimal health and well-being, Sheryl has followed two intertwining career paths – writing and fitness. She has taught exercise and fitness in a wide variety of settings for over three decades and has been writing for as long as she can remember.Granddaughter of Royal H. Burpee, creator of the popular high-intensity movement, the Burpee, Sheryl carries on tradition in the “first family of fitness”, as founder/owner of her personal training business, Generations Fitness. She is also a regular Fitness Insider columnist for New York. Sheryl is nearing completion of a memoir about her healing journey from childhood sexual abuse and the extraordinary, complicated romantic relationship that eventually became her deliverance.
Carol Zwick: Carol and I met most recently when she bravely accepted the offer to be a part of this blogging tour.
Carol says: I began my life beyond the office, better known as “retirement,” last May. I’ve learned a lot about living a less structured life, but there are a few tips I wish I’d known before I entered this new world. Carol’s blog is:

About wendykarasin

I am complicated and seeking - joy and sorrow, country and city, competition and cooperation. After behavior of a gregarious nature, I require down time to refuel. My loves are children, family, friends, reading, writing, blogging, fitness, and health. I feel most alive when I stay true to my core values. Beauty makes me happy, pain helps me grow.
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2 Responses to Blog Tour: My Writing Process

  1. Sandra says:

    Really helpful for a novice. All the more reason to celebrate your good news!

  2. wendykarasin says:

    Once again, thanks Sandra. Glad you found it helpful, we are here to help one another. And I am celebrating.

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