Good morning! The sun is shining, the birds can be heard through my currently closed office window, and all school assignments, tests, and quizzes have been completed for the week. It’s Friday!
Since speaking one-on-one with a person from Page Publishing this past Tuesday, I’ve been working faithfully on my manuscript, literally for a couple of hours every day since. For the past two days though, I’ve been struggling for an angle to write a certain story. I’m writing a piece to submit for Chicken Soup for the Soul’s “The Golden Years–Life After 60” topic about how my dad and ‘bonus’ mom met, and the obstacles they fought to be together. Yesterday, I finally broke through the wall of thought, and I think I have a much stronger lead now than I gave myself to work with the other day. Never settle just because it’s a rough draft. If it doesn’t ‘feel’ right or workable, it’s probably trash. There have been times it took me three to four tries to create a working rough draft.
Since speaking with the person from Page Publishing, I won’t lie, I’ve been thinking about the next steps–cover design, the possibility of seeing and holding my physical book in hand after it’s published, and book signings. It’s quite the new world to explore; a rather ‘large’ world and ‘large’ doesn’t even really describe it. New authors are coming out every day, and a lot of them are coming out as New York Times Bestselling authors. I wouldn’t mind a taste of that title, but that’s only going to be possible if my book, my memoir, is deemed ‘publish worthy’.
It will be publish worthy, because I’m writing about life. I’m writing about the things I’ve seen, how I’ve lived, the choices I made, the bad and the good, where I came from, the things I’ve learned, and I’m writing about all of this because it can help someone else in, and during their own tough times and situations. There are always lessons to be learned, sometimes it takes words from a book or helpful advice from a friend, neighbor, family member, or complete stranger to see the error or the solution. I have been that friend, neighbor, family member, or complete stranger with great advice, but I’m better in writing.