I have six days left of my Pubslush campaign to help me raise money for self-publishing my memoir. If you’d like to check out my memoir profile, please visit Never Give Up: Buddhism, Family & Schizophrenia on the Pubslush website. I’ve started revising the last chapter of my manuscript. I still have a few more details to add to Chapter 11, in addition to the general content and developmental editing the entire manuscript needs. I had put it aside for a few weeks to give myself a period of time away from the manuscript, but I think I’ve had a long enough break. I’m going to start working on it again. It isn’t the easiest task in the world, but once I have published my memoir and get it out there, I know it will have all been worth the time and effort.
I’m also becoming more comfortable writing about my own life and my own experiences. A few years ago, when I first started to consistently keep a journal, I felt weird writing about myself and my own thoughts, even though no one else was reading what I wrote. Now, I’m more accustomed to putting my words, thoughts and ideas out there for anyone to read. I’ve also realized that as much as I’ve felt unable to share what I’ve been through with anyone, writing my memoir allows me to do just that. Share my experience with others. Finally.
There are many reasons why I am writing a memoir. My husband initially suggested the idea of keeping a blog online and writing a memoir about my experiences. I am also writing to encourage and inspire other people, not just to air all the garbage I’ve dealt with since 2002. There is so much to be gained in life from having hope and connecting with other people who can be a source of hope, motivation and inspiration. I believe my writing is a source of hope and inspiration for people who are struggling in life, and I’d like to be able to reach out to others. Of course ultimately, I aim to make a living as a writer.