It is never too late to write your first book. I’m currently writing a school life memoir of around 40,000 words that will be published early next year. And my next book project is already simmering. You too can do it. All you need is to believe in yourself.
I’m taking time out from life priorities at the moment, to update all my wonderful online writing friends about what is happening in my life. I’m absolutely humbled at how many of you have made time to contact me and ask how I am, even more so that you’ve actually noticed my absence from online writing in recent times.
In January I published a piece called Giving Myself The Gift of Time, explaining to my regular readers and friends why I wouldn’t be submitting as much writing as usual. After that I did manage to keep on for a while, but now, whether you’ve noticed or not, my online writing has come to a total standstill. In June I submitted a piece called Memoir Writing – Moving Into Phase Two, updating my friends and readers with my progress.
There are two reasons for my disappearance from the online writing world. One, but not necessarily the major one , is that I have returned to full-time teaching until the end of the year. As you can imagine, this keeps me exceptionally busy.
But, the real reason for my absence online, is the writing project I am involved in. Many of you, if you are my regular readers, have been following my memoir writing journey over the past year or so. For the past six months my focus has been on working on this project. For those of you who are not sure what I’m talking about, I am currently writing a memoir of my primary school days in the 1950s.
This project has been moving forward, slowly at first, but is now the focus of my writing life. I can report I’m currently on task to have the first draft of about 40,000 words in my editor’s hands by the end of October and the final draft to the publisher by the beginning of February. The school centenary I’m aiming to have it available for is in April 2013.
In order to keep me on task I’m currently attending a course in Wellington NZ, a two hour drive from where I live, on memoir and life story writing. This is a valuable experience and is certainly helping me add depth to my work. I recently wrote about this in a piece called A Day in the Company of Memoir Writers. I’m half way through this course now and even further through the first draft of my memoir.
For those of you who have been regular online writers, I want to recommend you try something bigger and more challenging than short online articles. This writing project I’m involved in is larger and more challenging than anything I’ve ever attempted before. And I’m loving it. But I couldn’t have done it without the discipline and skills I’ve developed over the last couple of years with online content writing. My message to all writers is, you are never too old to write your first book.
So, thank you to all who have noticed my absence on the sites I write for, I’m flattered that you’ve noticed I haven’t been around. My absence is not permanent. But, until my memoir is off to the publishers early next year, this will be my writing priority. Then, believe it or not, I have another book idea simmering in the back of my mind that I’m tempted to involve myself in. But, that will be another story, not to be released until 2013.
Online content writing has given me the skills and the confidence to take another step and write my book. You too can do it. You just have to believe in yourself.
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