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Author Spotlight no.95 – Marcia Friedman

Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the ninety-fifth, is of motivational non-fiction writer Marcia Friedman.

“Everybody is doing it! Aging is our universal full time job!” Marcia Casar Friedman is a teacher with passionate interests in sociology, and psychology, which ultimately led to encouraging readers to follow their bliss.  Her motivational writings reveal years of living in the real world and being willingly to share personal life experiences on topics which are relevant and helpful to readers.

She conducted adult training programs in English as a Second Language, created and led “feelings workshops”, behavior modification classes and was a trainer in various industries.

After a new awareness of how her life was always filled with various writing opportunities, Marcia’s interests naturally flowed into a new encore career as a published author. She wrote articles for a local newspaper and an educational newsletter, plus teaching manuals and curriculum guides. Add a compilation of her poetry, a short story, plus creating countless business letters, and easy to use business forms.

Life changes provided opportunities for Marcia to follow her passion to use past experiences to write, in order to help others to be the best they can be.  Much is written about the health of an aging population.  Finding information about emotional, mental and social changes of aging is now available by reading the meaningful, well researched and thought out writings by this author.

And now from the author herself:

What an inspiration to learn how to discover the answers to “Who am I?”  With practical insight and encouragement, the keys are provided to unlock your personal journey through life to discover the miracle you are now and where you want to be tomorrow.

My books provide valuable insights into appreciating the truth of not being perfect. The keys to being courageous with self-acceptance are presented in an easy to read expert page format. With such a distinctive approach, the reader can review past events, evaluate the effects, and discover how to work in a positive manner with “Who am I?” instead of the usual negativity from judgmental reactions.

Are you special enough to make time to write? Take the time! Everyone deserves a healthy life. Yes, everyone has a theme, a story, a pattern, a way of life. How do you answer “Who am I?” Writing is a window to your heart and to your soul!

My general reading audience is the senior group of ages 50-100.  I call us Silver Sages. As a teacher, my style is to ask questions and give examples. In my writings, I encourage the reader to write in a journal to learn as much about themselves as possible in order to be the best they can be.  Discovering, “who am I?” is healing.  Writing is healing!  Understanding the past and letting go, is a freeing experience which gives us the ability to move forward to a better today and tomorrow.

How can you be the best that you can be? Learn as much about yourself as possible by writing in a journal.  Write to reflect, heal, and grow.

Research shows that writing deep thoughts and feelings about stressful events can help people relieve stress, have a more positive outlook, and boost the immune system.  The result is a slower heart rate, the body is better able to fight infection and there is a general sense of well-being.

Explore writing as a means for recording your life’s journey.

Writing Requirements:

  1. A way to record thoughts:  Pen and paper, typewriter, computer, tape recorder
  2. Be an observer of people, things, places
  3. Just Do It!

Here’s a way to get started:

  • Take a few minutes before bed to relax by taking 3-5 slow breaths. Then open a notebook and write a single word that describes the day. Just one word.
  • An adjective perhaps: lousy   difficult   easy
  • A noun that could describe a moment from the day: purple violets.  pancakes   shoes
  • A verb: swimming   hurting   running
  • Any word at all. Or, if you are too tired to write that word, write down, simply– I am too tired to write tonight. And that can be enough– just the recognition of one’s own fatigue.

“Aging Is A Journey Of Changes” and “Aging Is A Full Time Job” explore sociological and psychological questions about who we were in the past and who we are now.

You can find more about Marcia and her writing via her website: www.agingisafulltimejob.com.

The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with fantasy short story and children’s author, and memoirist Mollie Carson-Vollath – the four hundred and seventh of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me.

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Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) 🙂 on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are fortnightly episodes, usually released on Sundays, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

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