What made this the right time to share this story?
There was not necessarily a “right time” to share my story. Once my book was finished and eventually published, I wanted to share it as soon as possible to potentially help others with lack of self-esteem or self-confidence.
During my recovery process I did a significant amount of journaling, and I thought it was just therapy for my mind. Never did I think my thoughts and feelings would be published. One day a dear friend was over at my house performing Reiki to help with my healing journey. She suggested I write a book to share my story in hopes of helping others. The desire to help others drove me to get my story published, otherwise I probably would not written about my near-death experience.
When I saw that cover design, I knew right away it was for me. My life has not been fruitful or full of life by any means hence the tree without leaves. As a little girl, I felt sad, alone, insecure, and afraid well into adulthood. When you look at that picture, I am the sad, lonely little girl standing by herself by what appears to be a “dead” tree.
How did the writing process work for you? Did you schedule a time every day? Work madly when inspiration hit? Or ?
It took me several years to finish my book since I had a full-time job and decided to go back to school to obtain my master’s in psychology. Writing a memoir and digging into your past requires a certain mindset. This type of writing cannot be forced, so I wrote at times I was in the mood to do so.
The easiest part of the writing process was giving the details and describing the accident. This is what I journaled about, so it was fresh in my mind. The hardest part of the writing and publishing process was not only learning about myself, who I was, what made me tick, why I think the way I do, and why I am the way I am; but writing it down and putting it out there for the world to see.