I began writing about my personal journey as a woman–daughter, wife and mother–when I was 27-years old. At that time, I fell into a deep depression. Prior to that, I hadn’t experienced the seeming slum of depression. The landscape was foreign and frightening. I had one confidante, my younger sister, though she was busy with her own burgeoning family life.
My husband, five-year-old daughter and I moved from San Francisco to a suburb–away from what was familiar. My marriage-constrained husband virtually abandoned us there, working long shifts in the city and after work, playing handball and drinking with his buddies. The relationship was seriously fractured. The journal page became my salvation.
The intention of this blog is to encourage your writing process through sharing my own and other’s poetry and prose. Having given creative writing workshops on women’s themes for over ten years, I offer you writing tips and prompts. I have credited writing for saving my life. And with that, I feel I owe writing a debt of gratitude. Therefore, it is my desire to promote writing (and creativity) as a “wake-up” tool. With any inward pursuit, it is wise to go only as far as is comfortable. And, do seek professional support if that feels necessary.
For me, this depression was a wake up call and a turning point. I invite you to reflect on and write about a turning point in your own life. Set a time limit for yourself. When you finish writing, read it aloud at least two times. Ask yourself, “Is there more that wants to be said?” If so, write some more.
I find it is a good practice to read what you write aloud, to yourself. And take a moment to let your words sink in. This is your writer’s voice. It has value.
Have a beautiful day.