The second book in the Achdus Club series will be available in September. Stay tuned for more details on when the book will officially be in stores!
If you love books as much as I do, today's your day to celebrate. August 9 is offiically National Book Lovers Day. Take some time today to visit a bookstore, download a great e-read or just pull an old favorite off your bookshelf. Book in hand, grab your favorite cold drink and find a shady spot outdoors and read!
Good morning! I really enjoyed last week’s motivational Monday post and figured I’d do it again today. I’m in the middle of a crafting a writing book full of thoughts and tidbits and exercises to help people become better writers. But it’s not a traditional here’s how you do it, there are many of those out there. Rather, I am trying to inspire people who may be hesitant to take that first step or if they are in the middle of their journey to keep going and pushing forward.
Here’s one of the “Things to Think About” that will be featured in "The A, B, C’s of Writing" book. (Yes it’s based on the blog series I ran here a while back, but it is a completely expand and revised version with even more tips and writing ideas!)
Dear New Daily Planner,
I had such high hopes when I bought you. I could envision all those pages filled with brightly colored entries and charming stickers. (Have you seen what people are doing to their planners on Pinterest!!!) Then I went to put in a note for next summer (Yes, I know it’s early. And, yes, I do know that it is still summer) only to discover the “2017” planner ends in JUNE!!
Really? Last time I looked the year ended in December. Plus, the cover doesn’t say school planner or 2016-2017. It says “2017”!
So that’s it, I’m breaking up with my planner. Hope the new one works out a bit better.
When writers sit down to write our articles, novels, poems, etc., we do so with a bit of excitement and a bit of trepidation. Will anyone read what I wrote? Will they care? What if they think it’s good or just boring, or worse what if they don’t have an opinion at all?
Still, we plod on. Maybe we do so because we are on deadline and an editor is waiting in the wings to read what we’ve put on paper. Maybe we do so because the words rattling around in our brains simply demand to be heard. Or, maybe, we write for a completely different reason.
Whatever the case, once our story is out there we have no control over how it is received. We hope for the best, wonder incessantly if anyone will read it and will it matter. Then, if we are treating our writing like a business, we start the cycle all over again.
I’m happy to say that yes, what you write does matter. Someone, somewhere is reading your work and feeling a connection to what you had to say. This message was brought home to me this week by a few readers of The New Girl, book one in The Achdus Club novels, who mentioned that they had used skills and ideas mentioned in the story to deal with someone new they had met at camp and to deal with kids who weren’t behaving nicely to them or others.
I am completely humbled and floored by this. I don’t think I could have imagined back when I wrote the rough draft four years ago that it would resonate so with readers. Thankfully, it did and I couldn’t be happier.
As I get ready for the release of Trouble Ahead, book two in the series, this fall, I can only say thank you to those who read book one and hope the next one can also be a positive influence on readers.
To other writers, just know that the seeds you plant with your words may not bear fruit today or tomorrow, but someone, somewhere is waiting for them.
Writer, Editor and Author of the Achdus Club novels for girls.