Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ehh..Wrong Try Again

So I brought my first chapter to class. Did not go really well. Apparently I am funny but trying way to hard to come up with things to say. I keep thinking that just sharing my experiences isn't enough.  That I need more, like expert commentary.  The response to that was "You are not some inspirational Self-help Guru like Tony Robbins. Be you and write the story only you can write."

So I shed a few tears. It's really hard sometimes to have someone rip (literally) your work to shreds. But it will help me get better I am sure. I really hope so anyway.

On a side note, there's a really awesome lady in the class that works for the newspaper and she is going to write a story on me and my new finishing habit. I'll keep you posted

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

American Fork Writer's Conference

So this weekend I went to the local Writer's Conference.  Figured it wouldn't be a bad place to start. The main topic was EBooks.

Way over my head. Amazing advice but my head is still spinning.  Everything in today's publishing market revolves around the internet. Long gone are the days when writing a book was the hardest part.  Now you have to be author/marketing genius/publisher/tax man.  It's a wee bit daunting.

Baby steps first things first.  Write the darned book. The workshop leader's name was Caleb Warnock. He was slightly insane but in that whole brilliant artist kinda way. He was really encouraging of my book idea and said I have a good narrative voice.  He hosts a weekly Wednesday workshop, so let's get 'er done.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Journey Begins

Ok. I'm going to do it. I'm going to be a writer. I'm putting pen to paper and off I go.

Now what? What do I write? I am bubbling with ideas but don't know where to start. The book I want to write first would the story of how I lost the 75 lbs and ran my first marathon. I was thinking for a title "Run Walk Crawl".  Kind of in the vein of  Eat Pray Love.

But I am serious about getting a book finished.  I have so many starts of novels then that little voice would talk me out of trying anymore. But this year has taught me that if I can run a marathon... I can do anything.