Join me in celebrating today. I am so grateful. Today is 15 years since I had #Stage IIIB #Stomach #Cancer. Beating the odds and continuing to share #life with my family after a brutal #battle (of which I had no control of the outcome) with cancer is the best #reward. Thank you to everyone in my life who continue to encourage and support me.
My good #deed this week is to #donate more items to a local #food/clothing #bank. I continue to be a #peer #mentor for #Hope&Cope. I hope you can all find a #charity to support. Share your good deeds here with us this week.
The #red #ink on the pages from my editor are numerous, but as she tells me, the #author gets final say.
I’ve learned during this writing #process that, despite being attached to the words that I write, the outsider teaches me that others may not need my little thoughts, and not all at once. So I’ve restructured my memoir and am in the process of reviewing her line-by-line #edits. I am excited to see the #final product.
It’s tough when a #novice is told to #scrap #parts of a #project that we want to share with our readers. But I realize that she knows better than I do. Some ideas should be saved for a different book. Fine.
I’m in #early revision stage 2, but I also realize that sometimes my writing was misinterpreted, so her corrections didn’t express the #message I thought I was portraying. I’m looking at those more critically. I found the #strength to delete what she felt wasn’t necessary to the book, and reword sections that could be more concise.
When I was searching for an editor, I wasn’t only looking for someone to make my book better (while being sensitive to cost), but someone I connected with and could be open with about how good or bad my book is – honesty. The first time she read the book, she saw things I didn’t realize I had written… messages about #mothers and daughters. This made me think about changing the title of the memoir, so after editing, I’ll review some title ideas that have come to be since. Even the cover ideas are changing, and I hope to find that the two work brilliantly together.
This is where I strive to be… on bookshelves. I want the stories told, the secrets out, the #love shared…
I finally had to stop myself from reviewing and #editing my #memoir following the initial comments from my editor. It will soon be in her hands, and hopefully she’ll like the #changes I’ve made.
Do all #writers find it difficult to stop editing? Are we ever satisfied with what we write? I suppose the need to keep fixing things is related to assuring ourselves that others will #love our stories. Perhaps fear of disappointment plays a role. I believe we should be #proud just because we accomplished something so remarkable. It is difficult to write a book. Let’s #celebrate!
I’m getting more excited about finalizing my #memoir. Following my #editor’s initial review, I’ve completed corrections and the restructuring process.
Part of the restructuring included letting go of my first #scene. Well, not #trashing it, just moving it later in the #book. Now, I’m loving the new #order, even though I loved what the initial scene offered the #reader. I’m moving on and taking the #professional advice about writing my memoir more like a #novel.
I will be doing my third runthrough. Hopefully, you’ll stick around and enjoy the #journey with me. I need your #support to make the best book possible.
Share your gifts with those who need it most. Hope & Cope in #Montreal is always looking for new #volunteers. I’ve been a #PeerMentor since 2006 and don’t wish to give it up. Join us in giving the sick the companionship that will help them during #cancer #treatments. Some patients don’t have any family, and your assistance will bring hope and help them cope. You won’t regret it. We can all do something… Click on the link below to sign up.
The key to Hope & Cope’s success is the presence of 500 volunteers, 90% of whom have either had cancer themselves or cared for someone diagnosed with the disease or, in some cases, have been both a patient and a caregiver.
What these volunteers offer is the wisdom of the lived experience, which enables them to truly understand the concerns of patients and their families. Seeing volunteers who have survived cancer and are doing well is a source of inspiration and hope to many patients.
We are always looking for new volunteers. If you are caring, non-judgmental, a good listener and a team player, bilingual (English/French) or multi-lingual and are comfortable working with those who have cancer, we would like to hear from you.