Posted by: shatteringsamskaras | August 4, 2014

Why I Write – Blog Tour 2014

The lovely Caitlin Sanders  invited me to participate in a blog tour and, despite the fact that my blogging has been…intermittent…it seems like as good a time as any to jump back into the blogosphere, so here I am.

For this first week, I’m supposed to answer a short series of interview-style questions.  (Next week, I’ll introduce you to three wonderful bloggers.) I have always loved the idea of answering interview questions – so here goes.

What are you currently working on?

Right now, my primary focus is on learning to be a coach. The training program I’m completing, put together by Martha Beck (my favorite author for nearly 20 years now) focuses on life coaching. My experience in the business world, and the fact that organizational challenges fascinate me, means I’ll probably do some executive coaching too. The thing I really love about this approach is that it is predicated on the idea that people already have their own answers, and the work of a coach is to help the client uncover those answers for themselves.

Why do you write what you write?

I write to better understand the world I live in. I make my writing public (such as it is) because doing so inspires me to be more careful in my work – to make sense of things (hopefully) in a way that other people can understand. It’s a bigger challenge than journaling (which I also enjoy).

How does your work differ from others in the same genre?

Martha Graham said “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.”

My work differs from anybody else’s work primarily in that it’s mine. I’m endeavoring to understand the world and how to make it a better place for everyone. My experiences are unique – though I believe (and hope) that they speak to some larger truths that other people will find helpful.

Describe your writing process.

Well, first I resist doing the work. And then I’m scared for awhile, which paralyzes me so I don’t do the work. And when I’m very lucky or a little clever and find a deadline to inspire me, then I buckle down and actually do the work.

I keep hoping it’ll get easier. That my actual writing will resemble the picture I’ve had in my head since I was a kid, where I’d get up and have some tea and sit down and the words would pour out of me not because I have an actual deadline sitting on my shoulder, but because I have inspiration coming through my soul. Some (very rare, possibly imaginary) days are actually like that…but mostly my writing process sounds a lot more like this note Brene Brown recently posted from her own typewriter.

“1. It’s supposed to be hard. 2. Yes, it always sucks. 3. Crazy is part of your creative process. 4. Self-doubt + uncertainty are OK. Write anyway.”



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