I first met my blogging friend Rhonda Blackhurst on the A-Z tour and really enjoyed reading all of her challenges because she writes passionately and from the heart, and I like that.
Rhonda Blackhurst asked if I could join her on a blogging tour of the Writing Process. I enjoy learning how others write so I can get clues and improve on my own writing process. I can’t wait to hear what works for you!
1.) What am I working on at the moment?
I am currently working on writing my dad’s biography. He has always been a closed man. I call him a “vaulted” man. He has Alzheimer’s and is a recovered alcoholic. Through various techniques, like Poetry Therapy and my education experience, I am learning more about my dad and developing a relationship with him.
Off on the side, I am writing poetry and essays and other fun tidbits to keep the writing muse going. I’ve always loved writing and getting to know people, so the blogging world has been perfect for me. I used to do a blog about ten years ago and really enjoyed the community. I also aspire to do a variety of other book projects that are budding for me.
2.) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My current writing shows a developing relationship between a daddy and daughter, putting aside all the years of heartache and hard roads and differences from living with an alcoholic to forge a new relationship, leading from a soberly life. I’m also hoping to offer ways for others to assist their loved ones in living a more quality life if they have Alzheimer’s.
3.) Why do I write what I do?
My dad’s biography began as an adventure to gather some family history and seeking to know him better as a person. Throughout my life, my dad revealed very little of himself unless it had to deal with the weather or fishing or other activities as part of his outside world. I found some questions in a book that daddy allowed me to ask which opened a door for us. Through a lot of patience and tender loving care of my daddy’s feelings and life, he began to trust me enough to work on building his biography. Through the encouragement of a dear friend, I went from a 3 page essay to taking on the writing of a biography. Writing this way is truly a challenge and an adventure, but I’m truly enjoying the journey!
4.) How does my writing process work?
Because my dad is a vaulted man and has Alzheimer’s, it’s a delicate thing to gather information and to write about his life, especially linearly. Life stories don’t come to him that way. Often times I will get the same stories over again, but with new details, so I have to really be on my toes. And there are some stories, I can’t seem to access yet. So, I’ve developed a system of interviewing him daily and taking notes and saving them in folders by category so as to access them later.
If you have questions, please fire away!
Here are some fellow bloggers who have agreed to be on the tour with me. I know you will enjoy their work. They are truly personable people with a passion for writing. Be sure to visit them when they post their answers on June 2nd! We have a lot to learn from each other. Enjoy your day my friends.
May 26, 2014 at 1:46 pm
I love your answers Marie! 🙂 And I really admire what your doing with-and for-your dad. You both have so much to teach the world. I’m going to send an email later cause I have some questions on a more personal level… 🙂 Have a beautiful day!
May 26, 2014 at 3:08 pm
Thank you! I look forward to hearing from you.
May 27, 2014 at 12:25 am
Marie – Thanks for your trust in me to follow through and to post a travel blog next week. It’s interesting to me how writing seems to contain so many rights of passage that it calls its very own.
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