My name is Louise DeSalvo, and I teach memoir writing in the MFA Program at Hunter College. I’ve written Vertigo, Crazy in the Kitchen, Breathless, Adultery, On Moving — all memoirs — and Writing as a Way of Healing. I’ve been studying the creative process for years; have been talking about the writing process with students and writers for decades. I believe it’s important to learn how “real” writers write when they work. And to model their methods as we’re learning to work. I believe that it’s essential for us to understand the creative process and the stages of the process so that we can work with it, rather than against it. I also believe it’s important for us, not only to write, but to write about our writing in a process journal.
My blog, Writing a Life, shares what I’ve learned as I’ve written my own work, studied that of other writers, and talked to writers in process.