I have been a writer since I was a young adult. I wrote poetry throughout college, as well as some short stories. I actually have volumes of spiral notebooks from that time frame, twenty-five years ago, stored in plastic bins in the garage. I have not even so much as opened them in years! I wrote many lengthy research papers for my degree in Psychology as well.
I did technical writing for a position I held in my prior career. Later I wrote articles for local magazines during my time as a co-owner of an adventure sport’s store in the first decade of the two thousand’s. Then in 2013 I began writing a book and a blog page. This book began emerging as part of my healing journey. I had no intention of publishing it necessarily, but over time kept getting messages that it was to be published when the time was right. Although I have made attempts several times to get that process rolling, it has been slow going and continues to linger on my computer’s hard drive. I am about half way through writing the first draft of my second book.
These amazing people always inspire me in such monumental ways to not only publish what I have written, but to continue writing and recognize that I am an author. I know I am, but I also know I am the one blocking myself from the next steps. Even though circumstances such as not having enough beta readers, not enough resources for an editor, losing my graphic designer, or life getting overwhelmingly hectic at times are ever present realities, I can manifest this if I truly want to. I am creating these very blocks sub-consciously so that I don’t have to deal with certain aspects of this process. These aspects involve disclosure to other people.
Since my book is non-fiction about my own healing journey, it is very personal and will definitely impact others. This is hard for me, as that is not my intent. My intent is to help others look within to their own truth and learn how to own it, embrace it, and release judgment of it. We are exactly who we are, and should never try to be any less or any different. We should always feel empowered to live our own truth, as that is our purpose.
This weekend I not only got to spend some wonderful quality time with great friends, as well as make some fabulous new ones, I continually got accolades that yet again motivated me into movement. I kept hearing phrases like “Terri is a poet too”, and “you too are an author”. I also got to share a little bit with some individuals about what my inspiration for writing is.
I had the pleasure of meeting my to-be editor. This was a huge and exciting step for me! I also recently procured my next beta reader, who will be a big part of my publishing process. I have now officially e-mailed my draft for book one to my next beta reader, and again have started the process.
So to all my amazing friends, students, clients, and fellow authors that encourage me to live my truth every day, and publish it for those that are called to read it, I say thank you from the very depths of me! You inspire me every day to live fully, love fully, and to share fully!
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