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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tami Urbanek on Why Writing is a Form of Personal Therapy @tamiurbanek #amreading #memoir

Why Writing is a Form of Personal Therapy
Some people say that writing one’s memoir is a form of therapy. I can see how that can be very true. I can say that, at times, during my writing it was a form of therapy. In the chapter where my daughter runs away and my fear and grief are at their maximum level, I was crying as I was typing. It was a form of emotional release.
However, during most of the writing, it was an awakening of sorts. I was able to look back into my past and see how far I had come since the age of eighteen. I was able to see my daughter’s early teen years in retrospect and feel grateful that we had overcome so much that she was experiencing at that time.
A beneficial part of using writing as a form of therapy is that it’s easier to put emotion into the writing. When I was writing the runaway chapter and I was crying while I was writing, I wanted my readers to cry too. I wanted them to feel the anxiety and sorrow that I was feeling at the time it was happening. So after it was written, edited and edited many more times, then finally published, I asked a few readers if they felt the same fear that I wrote about. They answered yes. Mission accomplished.
If you’re writing a memoir, use it as a form of therapy and put those emotions into the content of your book. Just as long as you do not use it as a way to feel sorry for yourself or try to get others to feel sorry for you. That is a turn-off and a sure way to receive negative reviews.  Write so that the readers feel like they’re in the room with you, feeling your pain and seeing the expressions on your face. Now, that is great writing!
Broke, with a month-old baby, nineteen-year old Tami Urbanek walks away from an abusive marriage only to find herself wallowing in anxiety and confusion, wondering how she will survive. At the time, she had no idea that the journey in front of her would guide her so far away from fear of financial survival and instead would push her into the realm of healing and spirituality. As the daughter of internationally renowned medium, Hossca Harrison, Tami seeks the assistance of her loving parents and a spiritual teacher named Jonah. 
With their help, she begins to understand herself and her daughter, whose adolescent path of destruction threatens to tear apart their relationship. As Tami's own clairvoyant abilities surface, she is challenged with the task of helping not just her daughter, but the child that her sixteen-year old daughter is carrying: a child whose painful past life still haunts him and which must be resolved before his birth. Told with humor, insight and honesty, Tami's story challenges readers' minds as it touches their hearts, and when the last page is turned, it is a story not easily forgotten.
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Genre - Memoir
Rating – PG-13
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