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My Writing Process Blog Tour — suzanne-mcrae.com

My Writing Process Blog Tour

My Writing Process Blog Tour

I am delighted to be participating in this blog tour so that you can get to know me a little better. I have blogged for two years, but since last fall it’s been a quieter time on my blog due to life happening. I am so grateful to have you here. Welcome!!

I was passed the torch by the lovely Dale Anne Potter, you can read her story here.

What am I working on?

I feel drawn to doing a bit of intuitive painting again lately. It has been a very healing process for me. I had a lot of fun painting this latest painting. This helps me get out of my head and process things in my life a little easier.


Then my husband and I are at the beginning stages of figuring out the future for our adult son who has autism, he still lives at home. This process involves the what, where, when and how, and that comes with a lot of emotions attached and lots of unanswered questions still.

I am also working at making sure that I have landed back on my two feet before I move forward with writing here. There’s so much more than I have already shared to date that I want to be writing about and sooner than later hopefully I will find that safe place and begin writing again.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I would definitely have to say that my life experiences these past 25+ years as being a stay-at-home mom, especially with raising a son who has autism has taught me so much. I have had to find my way through what often has felt like a maze. It is through so many of the challenges in my life that I have been able to discover more who I am, and what I wanted out of life and how I could begin exploring some of my own dreams too. I see my work as a writer as one of sharing about how I am finding my way through a life that as not always been easy. Yet I find it rewarding in many ways because I get to create how I wish to live it… and a big part of that includes finding ways to do all that I love to do and writing and painting are two of them right now.

Why do I write what I do?

Writing offers me a way to connect with my inner voice in a way that I can’t express as easily otherwise. It helps me get things out of my head, and view it from a different angle and often that is where I find the solutions to some things I might feel at a loss with. It’s how I learn about who I am deep down. I get to see myself from a different perspective also which often helps. I love writing and sharing about life.

How does my writing process work?

I cannot say that I have a writing process. I don’t follow any specific rules, and don’t really care for being structured a whole lot. For me my writing mostly comes out of nowhere when I least expect it. It usually comes with intense feelings or emotions, and from a place where I know that I have to write. Usually I write about things that I am experiencing in my life at the time. This nudge to write can come at anytime of the day or night. There have been many nights where I had to stay up to write. The inner voice doesn’t stay quiet until I do so. Writing helps me connect from a whole different place than with my thoughts, it usually comes through that vulnerable place where emotions have a tendency to be.

And now, ladies & gentlemen, I would like to pass the torch on to 2 of my blogging buddies.  Please let me introduce them!

1) Becky Cavender is a freelance writer, coach, and single mom living in the Pacific Northwest, USA. She has lived in five countries on four continents — including Myanmar, where she published a guidebook for expats moving there. When she’s not writing poetry, traveling, interviewing inspiring creative types, or working on her novel, you can find her at any of the best local coffee joints sucking up her caffeine.You can read her stuff on Huffington Post or on her website.

2) Belinda Rose is an inspirational writer, poet, intuitive, hypnotherapist and minister. She spent 35 years of her life battling anorexia nervosa/bulimarexia and depression. Although the doctors unanimously agreed she would never recover and likely die from the eating disorder, she held on through her deep love for the Divine and the guidance of the angels she works closely with. She credits her daily practice of Lectio Divina and Centering prayer to leading her to a deepening awareness and relationship with Divine presence and her eventual healing from her long struggle with the eating disorder. This spiritual transformation not only changed her life, but her writing. Today she writes inspired poetry, a weekly blog, is currently writing a book, and has an internet ministry on Facebook. All of her work is guided by the angels and meant to bring hope, encouragement, awareness and healing through the power of Divine Love and Light. You can find her on Facebook and her blog.

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  1. Suzanne, Your painting is AWESOME!!!
    And, I enjoy reading your posts, even though I am inexperienced with Autism, I feel your writing could be translated to all facets of life for anyone.
    Growing as a person and getting to know that person inside and out, is the journey for each of us and in our own way as well.
    Look forward to reading when you are able to write more…..
    Dale Anne Potter recently posted..Clearing Clutter – Part 2My Profile

    • Dale, I’m so delighted to hear that my sharing about my experiences with autism can be translated into other facets of life for anyone. Growing as a person and getting to know myself inside and out is exactly what this whole autism thing has brought me to over the years. It’s way more about that, the personal growth and transformation for myself than about the autism or him. Thanks again Dale for this opportunity so I could share a bit about myself through The Writing Process Blog Tour. 🙂

  2. Great to have you back, Suzanne!! Lots of love! ♥
    Maryse recently posted..MEDITATE LIKE A TREEMy Profile

  3. Great post! Life does seem to happen sometimes doesn’t it? I bet it is hard to figure out exactly what is next, I can’t even imagine. I will be praying for you all as your work through it and continue to enjoy your beautiful art as you make your way. Keep rocking it girl.
    Debbie Howard recently posted..Another Way To Cover That Ugly Air ConditionerMy Profile

  4. I understand those “nudges”… in fact I call them the same thing when I’m being prompted to create something or to write. That inner voice… yes. Glad to know you are writing, that you are still blogging, too!
    Deborah recently posted..Sunday Afternoon NapMy Profile

    • Thanks for dropping by to share about your gentle nudges and how you also experience that inner voice that gets you to create. Love having you here Deborah. xo

  5. Suzanne, the colors and patterns in that painting are amazing! I really love your “work,” though it is the same for me… feels like play therapy. I am always happy to hear from you and glad you’re writing more.
    Naomi recently posted..Uncovering your deepest dreamsMy Profile

  6. Believe in yourself and keep doing it! You are an AMAZING artist (writer and painter) – can’t wait to see you publish your first book…. I have no doubt it will be awesome!

  7. Thank you Denise. I think I know who you are. 🙂 One of my biggest supporters and fan… I’m lucky to have a sister, you. Thanks for your on-going and so encouraging support. I promise to give you a signed copy of my first book when I will get there one day. 🙂 xo

  8. How true that through writing we often find our own answers, Suzanne! This is a beautiful post. Intimate look into your thoughts. Best of luck with your decisions about your son. I feel your anguish … I will pray for you …
    Gabriella recently posted..The Devastation of a New Diagnosis For Your ChildMy Profile

  9. P.S. I always find such peace in your blog. I can’t wait for you to get back into writing.
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