Discovering the Book I’ve Always Wanted to Write
She’ll certainly reach her goal at a younger age than I did. At 13 years old, Sarah’s an inspiration for me to finally write my own book, a dream I’ve had since …
Well, let me back up fifty-five years to tell you about my dream.
I’m not sure what inspired me — or maybe I should say possessed me — when at 12 years old I discovered my passion for writing. I just know I turned to pen and paper when I needed a listener when nobody listened to me. My mother’s Christmas gift of a Hermes Rocket portable typewriter fueled my passion.
But by that age, I was entrenched in my professional goal of becoming a scientist. I pursued that goal through college until my career path swerved radically and I became a teacher of severely disabled children.
But all through those years, I kept writing. Poetry. Short stories. Aborted attempts at novels.
A hard realization
Looking back, with the exception of one poem and a couple of short stories, my fiction and poetry were crap.
My last attempt at fiction came twenty years ago when I moved to rural northern California. I tried writing a novel about my town. It stunk, and I knew it did. So I gave up my dream of writing a book.
During that same time, I became a solid copywriter … thanks in large part to the AWAI Accelerated Program. As I continued writing, I got better. Over the next fifteen years I not only wrote successful promotions, I also ghost wrote several books.
Then three years ago, I collaborated with Mark Ford on his book Persuasion. Those experiences pushed me back into my dream of writing a book.
Inspiration from unexpected places
Then Sarah came along. Her passion and persistence inspired me. A little over a year ago, I vowed that it was my time to write my own book.
I knew what it would be. Definitely not fiction. And not about copywriting. You can learn from numerous far more successful copywriters and marketers.
No. I vowed to write about what I call “the best thing I’ve done in my life professionally.”
Big Lessons, Little Teachers is about lessons I learned from my special education students. The first five chapters are in the can … awaiting their second, third, and fourth drafts after I finish the remaining seven chapters.
When I started, I figured I’d knock off a chapter a week. But this project touches too deeply to rush through. So it’s taking longer than I’d expected. But I will have my first own book written by the end of this year.
Do I plan on publishing it? Definitely. How and when remains to be seen, but I know what I have to say is worth sharing.
Thanks to copywriting. And particularly thanks to Sarah.
Let me hear from you
Come back on Friday when I tell you two of my favorite books. You might be surprised at the books on the list and some that aren’t.
Until then, please take a moment to let us know in the comments below who or what has inspired your quest to claim the writer’s life for your own.
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