I’ve been enjoying reading the works-in-progress from our teachers over the last week and was inspired to share a chapter from my upcoming memoir, The High Dive: A Writer’s Story of Finding Her Voice and a Guide to Finding Your Own (Simon & Schuster, 2013).
I don’t have a pub date yet, but I’m guessing it’s sometime in 2013. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek.
The High Dive is my sophomore book, and like many writers I floundered around like mad after my first book came out. My plans for churning another book out right away quickly turned to dust. I couldn’t get a foothold on a workable idea. I wrote 70 pages or so of two different books, both of which I deserted either because of my own disinterest or my publisher’s. In what appeared to be a completely fallow period, I started a blog called Writing Is My Drink, on which I shared writing advice (because if it’s not going well for me, I’m in a PERFECT position to give advice, right?), interviewed writers, and shared stories about “coming into my own voice.”
I’d been sharing these same stories of my long coming of age as a writer for years in my memoir class through the University of Washington’s continuing education program, and I have to credit my students for helping me to see their value. One desperate day in October, 2010 (right after a proposal for another memoir had been shot down), I realized that these “little” stories were the IT I’d be looking for. They’d been there, just like Dorothy’s power to go home, all along.
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