I am grateful to my writing coach, Mark David Gerson, author of "Voice of the Muse." One of the first things he told me is that process is content and content is process. As I'm moving forward with my new writing project, I am stepping into a whole new world--a world I don't have any experience with and a world I don't understand. On our recent trip to Carlsbad Caverns, we took a tour of what they called the left-hand tunnel. It is a branch of the cave that is not lit by electricity. All we had were candle-lit lanterns. The path was lined with tape and at certain points, the color of the tape changed, warning of a some sort of danger. Maybe the path steepened, or maybe there was a deep pit if you stepped over the tape. It feels like that. Mark's suggestion to incorporate the process into the writing gives me a foundation to hold me up.
With my memoir, I had hundreds of journals I'd kept since 1978, so details about incidents, events I might have overlooked, were right there. And, it is my life, after all. There was nothing to invent or create. In fact, that isn't allowed in memoir. This time, all I have is a voice asking me to tell their story. And it's a very fickle voice. It doesn't just come when I ask it to. It comes when it damn well feels like coming.
What I am clear about at this point is that this is not just about that voice. It's a part of my own spiritual journey. I thought I'd stepped into the person I've been striving to become at my book launch. But it seems there's more. I am in a process of owning my own power/strength. Writing the memoir helped me reclaim power lost in childhood. Now I need to get comfortable with that energy. What I've learnt is that there is always more. Until we are on our deathbed, there is opportunity for growth, and who knows? Maybe it doesn't stop there either.
So for now, process is content and content is process--my new mantra.
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Welcome to Following the Whispers blog
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here on Monday and Tuesday. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair.
"ONLY ONE THING IS MORE FRIGHTENING THAN SPEAKING YOUR TRUTH, AND THAT IS NOT SPEAKING IT." Naomi Wolf
"We are called human beings, not human doings."
Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
"The way to do is to be."