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Meet Markie Madden and How Writing Helped Her Heal

Posted on | December 15, 2014 | Comments Off on Meet Markie Madden and How Writing Helped Her Heal

Hi all,

I want to introduce you to a woman who is difficult to forget. Her recovery through writing will amaze you. Please meet Markie Madden.

Markie Madden


I’m Markie Madden, author of three books and founder of Metamorph Publishing. I’m also a recent cancer survivor. I may have a rather unique view on this topic, as I was a writer before I was ill, and I continue with this endeavor to this day. So I have a perspective from both sides of the coin. This is not to say that there aren’t other authors out there who do as well, or those who were writers, but now, having gone through chemotherapy, aren’t sure if they can continue to write.

As a child, English was always my best subject, and I never expected that to change. Then again, I never expected to get cancer at the age of 37, either (who does?)! I had previously published one novel through Smashwords before chemo, so when cancer took me out of the traditional workforce, I turned back to my writing skills, only to find they were a little rusty! My brain doesn’t process as quickly as it did before, and my memory is much poorer.

Fortunately, there are many ways to help clear the brain fog and keep me focused on writing. One of the tools I’ve just begun using is Scrivener writing software. The organizing capabilities of this software are amazing, and it’s so helpful to have pesky little details such as character’s names, descriptions, settings, and so on so close at hand. It saves me from digging through a pile of PostIt notes!

I never used to outline or use notes when I wrote, besides the occasional idea of what may happen several chapters in the future; I was one of those blessed writers who could lay fingers to the keyboard. Now, I make sure that I have a little bit of an idea of what my next chapter will be about, even if it’s just a chapter title or a question to myself about what I want to do.

I always hated relying on the built-in spelling and grammar check on my word processor, only using it to identify words misspelled from typing too quickly. But now I keep a dictionary app on my phone close at hand (yes, there’s an app for that), because I often have trouble recalling what a specific word is, what it means or how to spell it, and the Merriam-Webster dictionary app will prompt me after just a few letters, enabling me to quickly identify a word and move on.

I’ve also set myself a schedule of sorts, like a “real” job, so I can effectively divide my time up between writing and marketing, and to keep me on track with both those important tasks. Also I’ve also found that it’s necessary to schedule in “days off” as well, to give myself a break. For anyone out there who wonders if they can still write “post-chemo”, I say, “Yes, you can!”



Thanks Markie. I’m sure you have helped many of my readers. All the best to you.

Keep the pen moving – writing heals

Jan, CEO and Founder of About the Author Network

Author of Write to Heal and 10 other books on this site.



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