Great job, Writers! The 90 days of our WRITE YOUR BOOK IN 90 DAYS course at the Standard Hotel in Miami Beach are complete. I am delighted to report that our new writers stepped up to the plate - with discipline and great creativity, students now have manuscripts that are in the process of being prepared for publication. All came to the course full of enthusiasm and with a desire to share their thoughts and stories - but no real idea of how to progress their dream. Now they are making it happen. The subject matter covers fiction and non-fiction.
Here are some of the stories that we will all soon be able to read.
A BOOK OF WISDOM - AMY, a mother of three, collated the thoughts of her now ten-year-old daughter Delilah Jane into a philosophical book of insights and observations. Delilah Jane and mum are currently gathering the graphics for the cover of their co-authored book - I THINK - Musings of a 4th Grader.
In describing her journey with the 90 Day course Amy says, "This experience has meant that I made myself and my work a priority- in spite of everything else I have going on."
THE NOVEL - ELENA, whose home country and first language is Russsian, had random storylines for a novel floating in her head. One of her early concerns was that she had no title - then she came up with a great one - OF GLASS SLIPPERS AND CHAMPAGNE. Her novel is no longer just a dream. "After so many years of unconnected voices in my head," she explains, "now the characters have taken shape and can be heard speaking their parts. I finally have a few moments of peace - until the new voices come through and demand attention. Oh, yes, I'm already confident that there will be a second novel."
MEMOIR - SUSAN is a natural storyteller. Her Spritual Memoir, CONNECTONS has helped her achieve a lifetime ambition to write a book. Her authentic voice was certainly worthy of a wider audience but Susan did not know how to turn the story of her life into a coherent memoir. "There are so many different people places and things," she lamented She literally didn't know where to start. Now she's reaching the end, has designed her cover and gathered a lifetimes' worth of photographs into a fascinating coffee table volume. "I feel great about myself," she says, "I am truly grateful for this wonderful gift."
A HEALING GUIDE - CHRISTINA calls herself and her book The HEALTHY WARRIOR. This is the inspirational story of a mother's love that helped heal a daughter suffering from childhood cancer. Determined to do everything in her power to guide and support her daughter on the road to recovery, Christina researched diets, health practices and universal forms of healthy eating to ensure the best possible environment for her daughter.
"I want to share all I learned with other parents who may be going through what happened to our family. The message of HEALTHY WARRIOR is not to give up, to keep fighting and most important of all - remember you are energy - a bright shining star. Life goes on."
THE JOURNEY - LEAH - walked away from her successful career as a lawyer and set off on a mission. A spiritual quest. She kept a diary of her one year journey and after joining the Standard class realised that rather than a blog - that though well received had no real longevity - she should write a book. Her journals form the basis of her book OUT-LAW but she has aso processed and assessed many of the experiences that happened to her as she sought to redefine herself and her life. 'The insights were so cathartic," she admits "and strangely I had not even consciously remembered many of the experiences which had a profound effect on my perception of who I was and what I wanted to become. Truthfully,I probably would never have re-read the journals or really stopped to observe the messages I had learned - and the challenges I overcame if it wasn't for the course." OUT-LAW is destined to be Part One of a larger work as Leah's life is about to change in an unexpected and exciting way!! Part Two of her journey will reveal all.
THE PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF THESE NEW WRITER'S IS INSPIRATIONAL AND LIFE-CHANGING.
IF YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO WRITE A BOOK - COME ALONG TO THE NEXT COURSE -
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Ellen Frazer-Jameson is a journalist, author, actress. theater producer and drama coach. She co hosted the largest live late night radio show in Europe for the BBC and has appeared on national TV shows and taken leading roles on stage. She lives in Miami and London and loves to dance Argentine tango.