In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable. - John Steinbeck
Summer is waning like a melting ice cream cone dripping on the sidewalk. We in California know scorching days still lay ahead as Fall brings golden school busses filled with chattering children back on the road. And once again, it's time for serious adults to venture back to school, tackling classes to further their education, or quench their utmost passions. I know I am! Too bad there's so few days in the week . . . there are half-a-dozen more classes I'd love to take. Guess that's what I get for being a Gemini . . .My journey becomes more challenging . . .
This fall I continue my Write From The Start class on WRITING / PUBLISHING at Santa Barbara Community College each Thursday morning. I long to be back with my peers and stimulating new writers. On Thursday evenings, I start a Public Speaking class offered at a nearby church, where I hope to get over any shyness that may stand in my way. And one weekend a month for 3 months, I'll be attending a Counseling Class at my church. Once I complete this 30-hour requirement, I'll be a certified NANC Counselor with skills needed to talk with readers and others who have shared my experience, or something similar.
Nothing like being visible, publishing one's work, and speaking openly about one's life, to disabuse the world of the illusion of one's perfection and purity. - Joyce Maynard
This week I've chosen to take a break from my normal blog . . . look back over my shoulder and share my journey with new comers . . . there are so many of you! I'm thrilled! Your interest is humbling, yet gives my work meaning. May I say, "Thank you so much!"
If you joined in the middle of my journey, you probably haven't had time to go back to the beginning where it all started and why. I wanted to make it easier for you to find specific areas of interest. Therefore, I've provided, shall I say, a cheat-sheet of each blog and it's content. No need to hunt for it.
Once my book, Diary of a Vet's Wife, subtitled Loving and living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is published and things settle down, I plan to turn this blog into my second book . . . aimed at those of you on their own journey. Maybe it will help eliminate some bumps along the way . . .
Below is a list of my blogs for those who might be looking for a specific topic:
1. In The Beginning April 9
How my book came to be . . .
2. This Closet Writer . . . Goes Public April 16
My first writing class - posting my blog
3. I Never Planned to be a Writer! April 23
Blogging - my writing class - my free-lance editor
4. Publicize Your Book . . . May 1
Publicizing - blogging - writing class - book query
5. Write Your Heart Out . . . May 7
Blogging - why I wrote my book - book proposal excerpt
6. Q is for Query Letter . . . May 15
Posted my original query letter
7. B is for Book Proposal . . . Part One May 21
Elements of a book proposal - my proposal table of contents
8. B is for Book Proposal . . . Part Two June 12
More elements of a book proposal
9. What Next? . . . Time for an Agent June 19
Some basic agent information
10. Marketing in an Electronic World . . . June 26
First steps to marketing my book
11. Will Self-Publishing be My Only Option? July 3
Posted excerpt from Chapter One of my book
12. A Platform . . . Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone July 11
Start to develop a platform for my book
13. The Marketing Medusa . . . July 28
JK Rowling's success - more marketing
14. 2011 Agents . . . What Do They Really Want? August 7
Identify agent's most asked for requirements
15. What is a Synopsis and Why? . . . Part One August 27
Details to begin synopsis process
What stage are you at on your writing journey?
Lesson Learned . . . or my two cents
There is a voyeuristic appeal to readers of memoirs. Since many memoirs are traumatic in nature, the reader will feel that someone had had it worse than they could imagine. The reader can read about surviving poverty, drug addition, a lost love, or a father who sexually abused his young daughter. As publishers say, "Agony sells." Reading a memoir is like stepping into another person's life. - Cork Millner, Write From The Start