Coauthored by friends Kim Hooper and Meredith Resnick, LCSW, All the Love: Healing Your Heart and Finding Meaning After Pregnancy Loss (Turner, 2021) is a personal, heartfelt exploration of loss and grief. In their guest column featured on Writer’s Digest, the authors discuss what they learned from each other throughout the shared writing process. Utilizing
In order to write THROUGH the story, I had to relive it. And in my case that meant reliving these specific things:
—the death of my daughter —the abuse I suffered from my father —the self destructions I inflicted on my self
—the longing for a mother drowned by alcoholism
Truth: I’m not religious about prayer. Bigger Truth: I want to be. Or maybe I am? Let me be clear: G. O. D. What that is for me on any given day can change – this much I know. What I call it changes, too.
“My own sense is that writers are blocked mostly by their own inhibitions about being truthful on the page, and about allowing themselves success.”