Mari L. McCarthy – Who Are You? How to Use Journaling Therapy to Know and Grow Your Life

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Who Are You? How to Use Journaling Therapy to Know and Grow Your Life. It shows people how to use the journal writing process to discover who really lives in their body and to uncover all their talents, creativity, skills and artistry…all the things that they think they don’t possess.

Tell us something about yourself.

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh (lifetime Pittsburgh Steelers fan). I’ve lived in a beachfront home in Green Harbor, MA about half-way between Boston and Cape Cod for the past 22 years. In college, I majored in journalism and psychology which helped me be successful in business where I spent the majority of my adult life. I was a Management Consultant for a big consulting firm and then owned my own profit improvement/organization development consulting firm.

I have multiple sclerosis (ms) to thank for getting me back to my writing roots. I experienced an episode when I lost feeling on the right side of my body and had to teach myself how to write with my left hand. I found Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way and started using her Morning Pages routine, 3 pages of handwritten stream of consciousness writing first thing each morning. In time, I not only got readable handwriting from my left hand but a therapeutic tool that helped me discover my authentic self and my passion for writing.

What inspired you to write this book?

My company, Create Write Now, home of the Journaling for the Health of It ™ community shows people how to keep a Journal Writing Practice. I wanted to write a book to show writers (yes, we all are writers!) how to use journal writing for self-discovery and self-development. Or as my company’s tagline says ‘Get a Life and Grow It!’

How did you choose the title?

I love writing titles. I did a lot of brainstorming with my journal. I was getting bits and pieces here and there. Then one day, the title came together for me when I was showering.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I read non-fiction a lot and have recently gotten into memoirs. On the fiction side, I love legal and psychological thrillers by Scott Turrow, Stephen White, Jonathan Kellerman and Dennis Palumbo. I love trying to help the protagonist figure out ‘who dun it!’

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

The working title is “Job Journaling: Write Your Ticket to a New Career.” It will show people how to use their own journal writing tool to discover what line of work they want to be in and figure out how to pursue those passions.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Keep a Journaling Practice. It helps you daily with writer’s block, page fright, inner critics and other writer dis-eases. It helps you problem solve in the art and the craft parts of writing. It helps writers decide when they’re ready to publish. It helps you become a better writer!

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

My website is www.createwritenow.com and my blog is www.createwritenow.com/journal-writing-blog.

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