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Authorship: A New Adventure

June 2, 2011

For most of my life I’ve thought about writing a book. I’m not sure why. I love to read books and I’m always in awe of those who can put a good story together, holding your attention from page to page and then lingering in your mind until their story becomes part of your memories and new-found knowledge. I think in terms of books: How to describe a person, scene, or emotion in words that create images and help others live vicariously through your story.
A friend once asked me when I was going to start my book. I didn’t know. I replied with a series of weak reasons that included needing practice, time, something good to write about, and even talent. He said, “I have an idea – start now.” He said I should just write a title. Then maybe a little bit about my story concept. And maybe more that was just “draft” material to polish later. I was encouraged. I didn’t do it. I did continue to think about my book for the next decade or so, and I included his advice in my strategic imaginings of my book. I wondered about the authors who were described as being driven, spending such energy on their writing that they lost track of time. I tossed ideas around in my head to see what they would look like in a book, but nothing seemed to come into focus — until now.
I’m starting my book. I have a story to tell, and it’s important to me. I think about it every day and work on it every night when I get all those things done that make up my task list. Serendipitous things are falling into place to light my road ahead and draw me forward. Best of all, I feel better than I’ve ever felt in years.
I won’t tell you about my book. You’ll have to wait for it to “hit the shelves”. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? It hit me the other day how right this is when I read my Aunt’s message to me: “So, you’re going to be an author too.” Yes, I am. And it certainly makes me smile.

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