“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius,power and magic in it.” Goethe
It was December,2009 and I had just returned from the Writer’s Digest Editor’s Intensive weekend in Cincinnati where Editors, Jane Friedman,Alice Pope and Chuck Sambuchino had promoted the idea of social media-facebook,twitter and blogging- as an expectation for anyone interested in publishing. Although I (naively) scoffed at the idea during the sessions, I found myself pondering their messages for weeks after the conference. One day I sat at my desk,sifting through some papers when I came across the above quote. That did it. I took the plunge, which at the time felt like a blind leap of faith.
I started a blog,Write On,Random Thoughts about Writing and Life with this post and have been posting weekly since. In April 2011, I redesigned my blog site, refined my message and changed the title to Memoir Writer’s Journey, Sharing Hope One Story at a Time while taking Dan Blank’s (awesome) Build Your Author Platform Course.
The main theme is Hope Matters and when we share our stories of hope we are all enriched,enlightened and inspired.
This past September,I joined Dan Blank’s Build Your Author Platform Mastermind forum, the course after the course for ongoing guidance/discussion on” all things platform-related.” Dan sends us weekly prompts which we respond to in the forum then discuss on our weekly phone calls. Additionally, we update each other on progress toward our own platform-related goals. Being in the company of so many gifted and motivated writers has truly been amazing. I’d like to recognize them all here and encourage you to check out their projects. I know you will be inspired as I have been. In addition to Dan of WeGrowMedia, they are: Shelly Immel of The BigLifeProject, Cynthia Morris of Original Impulse, Vicki Noe of FriendGrief and Gabriela Pereira of DIYMFA. Thank you all for inspiring me by your example and encouraging me to step out of my own comfort zone and reach for new heights. A very special thank you to Shelly Immel for lending a steady hand , providing one-on- one mentoring on the technical aspects of producing a video and on coaching me to “grow my heart and live big.” This video interview on Cultivating Self-Trust with Cynthia Morris says it all
I’d like to commemorate my second blogaversary by posting my first video blog:
Hi everybody. My name is Kathy Pooler and I’ve been blogging over at Memoir Writer’s Journey, Sharing Hope One Story at a Time for the past two years so I hope you’ll join me in celebrating my second blogaversary!
I like to think of my blog as a big kitchen table and the weekly posts as being invitations to come sit around the table and join in the conversation.
I have journaled my whole life through many trials and challenges in my life. It wasn’t until about two years ago that I became serious about writing. I joined The National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW) with the awesome Linda Joy Myers and have been working on a memoir.
Here’s what I’ve learned:
1. If I’m going to write a memoir, it has to read like a novel. So I have spent the past two years studying the art and craft of writing.I share the writing and publishing tips I have learned along the way,as well as any other stories that have inspired me.
2. We all have a story to tell. The story needs to be universal so others can relate to it but in order for us to believe in the story only we can tell, we need to get in touch with our own uniqueness.
I can tell you that because of all you incredible people I have met, I do believe in my story. And that includes the amazing people over at Dan Blank’s Build Your Author Platform Mastermind forum. Thank you all for inspiring me to do this video!
So thank you all for your presence on my journey. Come join me around the kitchen table so we can all continue to be enriched, enlightened and inspired by one another~
Memoir Writer’s Journey has grown and evolved because of your participation. I would love to hear any of your suggestions and ideas on topics or stories you‘d like to hear.
Let’s keep the conversation going. Please leave your comments below~