I decided to start volunteering. I will be working with an elementary school student once a week, helping him/her practice their reading skills. I think it is a valuable way to spend my time, particularly since I am not working full time. Reading, and also writing are two of the most valuable skills we have. They will stay with us throughout our lives. Excelling at reading and writing can even give us an advantage in certain instances. For example, with college admissions essays, a well-written essay can make the difference between an acceptance letter and a rejection letter.
I think I really benefitted in high school by having a mom who was an English teacher. My mom would always proofread my English papers, helping fix my grammatical errors so that I would learn how to write better. I think my mom’s proofreading really paid off. I often get compliments on my writing, and I think it was due to my mom’s help, and also all the time I spent reading when I was young. I’ve always thought, that the more you read, the better you will write. This may not be true for everyone, but it certainly helped me.
My husband is encouraging me to put my blog into a book format, as a sort of personal story about living with schizoaffective disorder. He says there are not many personal stories out there written by people who actually have this illness. There is quite a bit of information written about the illness (by doctors, psychiatrists, therapists), and written about people who have the illness. I’ve found a few other blogs written by people with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, but not too many books. So far, I’ve found only one.
I decided to order a book that gives information on writing book proposals. I thought I might give it a shot. I have a little bit written already here on my blog. Maybe it won’t be too difficult to put a book proposal together and submit it to an agent or a publisher. I guess I’ll find out!