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NaPoWriMo Spotlight: Sarwah Osei-Tutu

Published on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 by

For Website use - 72 dpi 600x900 pixelsThe Highs, the Lows, the Inbetweens

A book written at each stage of my life – Childhood, University Student, Mother, Married, Separation and a Single Mother. It details my struggles, my uplifts and joys from abuse, stalking, depression, rejections, wealth and loss.

Life can get you down, but it is how you deal with these struggles that make you the person you are today. I find writing helps me deal with every aspect of my life. The pleasant experiences are written so that I can turn back and be grateful for the things I have achieved in life. The unpleasant experiences are written, so I can overcome them and deal with the problems that I am facing at the moment. I am publishing these personal parts of my life, to help others see that they are not alone. I am not an expert in any domain, I have not succeeded in any aspect of my life, but I try to learn from my mistakes and in turn, I have become wiser. Knowledge gained by experience, rather then through a book or education. Therefore, take this journey with me, through every aspect of my life, the highs, lows and the inbetween.

How many years have you participated? First year

What attracted you to the challenge? Keeps me going trying out new things

Are you a pantser or plotter? Plotter

What’s inside your writing survival kit? Thoughts

Do you have a NaPoWriMo playlist? No

Where do you write? Everywhere – literally! In the park, toilet, living room, whenever something comes to mind I write!

What preparations do you make before beginning? Mine is poetry so it is easier, my thoughts, are all I write about.

How long did it take you to finish your book? I had poetry dating back 20 years, just took time to compile them.

Tell us about your writing process. What were the most challenging aspects? Sometimes I get stuck, and something else comes to mind and takes the initial thought. Therefore, just getting a process is key. Sorry to disappoint, I do not have one!

Was writer’s block an issue? If so, how did you overcome it? Stop writing and do something new. I have heard it is key to keep on writing, even if it is not poetry, just write, just to keep the flow going. Tried it and feel it leads to more frustration because I want to keep on writing poetry and not doing what I am doing now. Just goes round in circles. So I stop.

How did you set about finding a publisher? Tried every avenue in the book, I am still looking.

What would you say is the key to your success? Optimism

What do you say to those writers who frown upon the challenge? Never judge a book by its cover.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from the experience? It is hard work, harder then I anticipated. But reviews and comments about the poetry make me feel it is all worth while!


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