Complete your book and get it ready for publishing in 2015

I tell this story often.  When I was about 15, I got hooked on Mary Higgins Clark books; I couldn’t stop reading them.  At the same time, my love for writing started to emerge.  I decided way back then to write a novel, similar to Clark’s suspenseful style.  I had a pen name picked out, and kept the idea in the back of my head.  Thirty years later, that dream persisted, and in a rare quiet moment, I sketched out an outline for a story in a notebook, and stuffed it in a draw.  Months later, the desire was still poking at me and I gave myself six weeks to complete it.  The novel, The Bench, was completed in 2007, and while it didn’t reach the heights of a Mary Higgins Clark book, the satisfaction that I had completed it, that it had a story that made sense, with believable dialogue, is probably one of the greatest achievements of my life.  (Except for my children, of course.)

MJ BookI say this because I know what it’s like to have a book crying to get out.  When you see a new book, similar to what you have in mind, it gnaws at you.  You think, I can do that.  And the thing is, you can.  Why keep your story hidden?  Why go another year without getting the book completed?  As we head towards the end of 2014 and the start of 2015, let this be the time when you make a pledge to yourself to get it done.  Believe me, once you get into the writer mode, you will be guided along by whatever guided me along those six weeks.

Over the past two years, I’ve been hosting a popular creative writing and journalling workshop throughout Orange County.  I know that there are very creative writers out there, with great stories to tell, and nothing would please me more than to help others get that same satisfaction of writing a book.

It takes work, takes discipline, and sometimes when you just want to plop down on the couch and watch TV, it means heading to the computer instead.  But, there is an end, it’s not a forever project, and I hope you will join me on Wednesday, December 10 in Monroe for a fun night specifically designed to provide all the information you need to get your book ready for publishing.  I guarantee it!  Hope to see you there.

Click here to be directed to the workshop sign up page.  Please note that I can only accommodate the first fifteen who register.

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