"I was so excited to hold my book in my hand," a friend of mine told me. "It's just marvelous to have it here, done, and ready to be shared with the world. I can't even believe how heavy it is!" The awe in her voice was shining in her eyes, and I couldn't help but share in it. That finished book, that magnificent manuscript is so much more than a collection of words and paragraphs. Yes, it's an accomplishment few achieve, but it's also a birthing of a new you.
Ciaran has produced a masterpiece of fiction that is full of fact, insight, story, education, and illumination. For instance, what does adoption look like in the US, compared to ... oh, say, Switzerland, where there are no shelters or strays. Where you have to take a 4-hour course before getting a dog. Where... well, watch the video and learn more about the differences between them and us and... why WE, as a country, as a dog loving community, as a society, can finally win the war on puppy mills.
There I was, this frightened and fearful teenage, sitting at my dining room table with pencil and paper, pouring her soul into stories with happy endings, where the heroine always got rescued, knowing there was no rescue for me, in my home. But the very act of writing gave me the courage and determination to get through an other day, and another day, until ... I didn't quite know what the 'until' was, but I knew there had to be something. Something else.
This is where the work happens. You create your TOC - table of contents. You write your introduction. You write and write. And, if you need that extra help, you get a book coach to keep you moving forward, not only with your writing, but in keeping true to both your throughline and all the things you want to happen after the book is launched.
Julie also shares her experience with other ways to sell books. Meaning, we don't always have to depend on Amazon.
"Write what you know," the professor admonishes. Because none of us have imaginations to write what we don't know or to invent what we would like. That would be...what? Interesting? Creative? Insightful? Oh well. Don't do that. (she said with tongue in cheek because yes, you should do that, just not right now.)
I asked her how she came up with the title and she told me, "People get emotional about their work. They often get to a point where they think it's just a bunch of yuck." Well, she wants you to lean into that yuck - accept the challenge. Move on from whatever mess or disorganization is holding you back. It's exactly when your book is not matching your idea of a perfect experience, that you need to lean into it and keep working.
For now let me share this, our conversation was sort of all over the place because there was so much to talk about! We talked about individual people having talents and being put on this earth to use those talents. We talked about success and how sometimes, being silent in success, or not so flamboyant that you attract media attention, is better because you get more done. We don't all need to be in the spotlight.
Years ago, Marda Stoliar began telling Sheila about her students and their special reasons for learning to bake - from wanting to be free from society's expectations (willing to start a cultural change in their community) to desiring a way to help others, family members sometimes, become more than even they thought they could.
The written word has endured for thousands of years. Human beings have, since the invention of the printing press, certainly, if not long before, had a hankering for writing things down. Lists. Musings. Ideas. And, journals full of historical perspective - much like The Diary of Anne Frank.