“WHATEVER YOU CAN DO OR DREAM YOU CAN, BEGIN IT. BOLDNESS HAS GENIUS,POWER AND MAGIC IN IT.” Goethe
After years of journaling my way through relationship traumas, divorce, single-parenting, cancer, I am getting serious about writing and discovered that it has been a dream of mine all along. And so, as I inch my way toward retirement from my beloved nursing profession, I am embarking upon a new journey, writing my memoir.
A memoir, I am told, is the most difficult of genres to write as well as to sell. After taking writing courses, attending several writer’s conferences, participating in writing webinars and audio workshops, submitting my work to writing competitions and devouring resource books on writing (recommend Stephan King’s On Writing; Susan Silverman’s Fearless Confessions and Bill Rohrbach’s Writing life Stories), I am moving forward with my memoir, learning writing as a second language it seems, what with loglines, mining memories, showing not telling, social networking. Yes, I joined Facebook and now this blog.
I don’t know why it was such a revelation,but at a recent Writer’s Digest Editor’s Intensive (awesome!), I was told I was a writer. Is that because I rubbed elbows with published authors or just because I loved to write and have enjoyed it since I wrote plays to act out in front of my Grandma and her friends back in 1956? What I gained from this fabulous , enlightening weekend in Cincinnati was perspective on where I was in relation to where I needed to be. The 50-page manuscript I submitted was indeed a first draft. But the good news is I do have something to build on. Additionally, I forged friendships with many tremendous fellow writers with whom I remain in contact through the wonders of modern technology. And I was the one who raised my hand in frustration to ask why in the world I would ever have to be on Facebook and Twitter? Turned out, I had a lot to learn..
So ,in the words of Goethe, I am dreaming big dreams and moving forward in my journey of discovery…
Hello World,my name is Kathy and I am a writer!
P.S My logline for my memoir as created in Cincinnati: “Nurse shares her faith-based journey through her son’s alcoholism and her own cancer diagnosis”…