Meeting author Deborah Shouse and recognizing our kindred passion for writing has been a joy for me. Deborah interviewed me for her book "Connecting in the Land of Dementia ~ Creative Activities to Explore Together."
I became a dedicated writer ten years ago when I started an expressive arts process blog where I regularly shared my own creative journey of emotional healing.
Also, when I was facilitating art for elders with dementia in healthcare, I had the opportunity to take one afternoon a week away from my art studio work to write a life story newsletter.
People near the end of life often have a need to "unburden" and I was profoundly gifted to hear life stories that were astounding, heart-rending, powerful and inspiring.
I recently had the chance to interview Deborah about her writing process. I so resonate with how Deborah sees writing a means of connection.
Deborah shares about her writing process:
Writing invites me into other people’s lives and that intimate window enriches my own life. By listening to others’ stories, my own story of the world expands. By writing others’ stories, I am a catalyst for connection.
Writing invites me deeper into my self, my soul, revealing a slithering mysterious path that defies mapping. In writing fiction or essays, I explore my life in new ways. I allow my subconscious to guide my words. Then I usher in my grown-up, grammar-laden rational mind to tidy up those lush ramblings so others can understand them.