My Dream of Writing a Book

My Dream of Writing a Book
Through the Fog I write to express things I usually don't have the opportunity to speak of in person. More than that, it's something I do to let others know they are not alone, that someone really understands and has similar chronic illness issues. I recently wrote a devotional for those with chronic illness, such as fibromyalgia. It was a way for me to increase my reach more than I could with a column or blog. Last May, I invested in myself and took a course on writing and self-publication of books. Let me tell you, at first it was so overwhelming that I almost said, "Forget it." It took me many months of working on my book before I finished because some weeks I would procrastinate and write nothing, worrying that no one was going to want to read it. Perhaps it wasn't good enough to publish. Then, I got up the courage and gathered four close friends in the chronic illness community, some who had FM, and asked them to read my rough draft and honestly critique it. I was deeply encouraged by their feedback and suggestions. I breathed a heavy sigh of relief knowing that others found it to be of value. So, I made some changes and then boldly sent it off to an editor who made some corrections. I approved them and then I was on my way to getting it published. My editor formatted the book for both paperback and ebook, and I hired someone to create a cover. I set up my ebook with Amazon and my paperback through CreateSpace
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2 comments

  1. I have had fibromyalgia for over 20years, I just deal with the pain. It’s hard to do, have had to quit my job, I hate not being able to work.I have no help from any of my children.My husband died 13 years ago.

    • Colleen E says:

      I am so sorry you have no support. Every person dealing with chronic pain needs a support person. My dream as always been to write children’s books. My brain has so many issues besides brain fog. Sometimes I feel really stupid because I can’t remember to spell simple words. I know I shouldn’t let this stop me and I am encouraged by your story.

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