In my previous blog entry I spoke about the concept of allowing the writer within us to move beyond “empathy” (concerning other authors) and look for the insights we can discover from their lives. Well, in the past several days, I’ve been plopped is circumstances that gave me yet another perspective with new opportunities to do just that—take those thought-walks in someone else’s work-boots and experience new insights. My husband was hospitalized for knee-replacement surgery—which went well. However, there were some unexpected complications. (He’s doing much better today, is out of the hospital and in rehab for which we are so thankful!) Today is my first day back at the computer for any length of time. It feels good!
I’m one of those sit-beside-the-hospital-bed types of people and I actually have a “go bag” that contains sealed eating utensils, packages of Kleenex, pens, a notebook and (of course) reading materials. As my husband and I visited last night, he mentioned that one of the hospital’s housekeeping staff asked him about the books we were reading. Several of the nurses and CNA’s had also commented about our selection of books. During those conversations we all learned a little more about each other—seeing each other for the uniquely individual people we are—AND CONNECTING with the BOOKS, their authors, and the concepts (insights) presented within them.
My husband and I are daily readers of a little book titled: JESUS CALLING. Yep, it’s written by a Christian—Sarah Young—which I hope won’t discourage you from reading it. Her example to writers of all genres is incalculable. She and her husband live in Perth, Western Australia, often called the most isolated city in the world. Sarah also experiences the physical challenges of ongoing battles with ill health. However, she IS A WRITER, and an encourager, and the combination of those two elements keep her at the computer. In one interview she said: “I am convinced that if I had been healthier I would not have been able to write this book. It chronicles my journey from discouragement to hope. There seems to be a sense of hopelessness creeping into many people’s mindsets as they look at problems in their lives and in world events. But Hope is available—no matter what is happening around us.”
The other book I was reading—while sitting in that “comfortable” guest chair—is ONE NATION: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future by Ben Carson. One of our daughter’s gave us her copy knowing how concerned we are about our USA, and our efforts to keep informed. I haven’t finished the book yet, but each chapter has offered me insight, perspective and encouragement. If you don’t know this author’s “story,” you’re missing out, because he is not only an example of overcoming poverty, but of overcoming outburst-anger issues and low self-esteem. So many authors throughout history have dealt with such issues and fallen prey to them. Mr. Carson demonstrates the multi-ladder-steps to personal, community, career and national success. I am now excited to read ALL his BOOKS.
And so it can be for you! Readers will be excited to bring your books into their homes and share them with everyone they know. Of course, you must write them—and get them published! There is no time like TODAY to do it!
|ABOUT ROYALENE DOYLE: Royalene Doyle is a Ghostwriter with Outskirts Press, bringing more than 35 years of writing experience to authors who need “just a little assistance” with completing their writing projects. She has worked with both experienced and fledgling writers helping complete projects in multiple genres. When a writer brings the passion they have for their work and combines it with Royalene’s passion to see the finished project in print, books are published and the writer’s legacy is passed forward.|