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I'm dialoging with people from all over the world about their experience with mental illness. My attempt is to break down barriers, walls and get into the mindset of those suffering and those opposed. Educating a nation about the conditions, feelings and lives to end the stigma is something I'm passionate about.
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I completed book two during my Spring break and after editing it myself three times, I sent it out for reader feedback. Several avid readers and authors provided feedback to me and I made some content and grammar changes. My writer's group also provided quality feedback, even while I wrote my book. I only wished I had such inclusion during the writing process of book one. I really was green and didn't understand all the elements of a story, character development, plot holes etc. I just wrote the story inside my head.
Months laters, I found an excellent editor and sent a few chapters for a sample edit. Blown away is all I can say about my reaction to her work. I'm very hopeful that my book 2 gets picked up by a literary agent and my message is spread world-wide to kids everywhere. Mental illness is not something someone hopes for, but many with it hope for the best and live their lives excellently. Others not so much, which is why I created a podcast. Next post will delve into the lives of people around the world, dealing with mental illness.
I'm excited to announced that I won in two categories.
I finished the second book in my series, which will bring an emotional response from my readers. When life meets reality or visa versa, it hits hard.
Joshua Creed, my main character's foibles are modeled after the trials and tribulations of my own son. He has suffered a great deal in the process of living with bipolar disorder. Yes, he too struggled with my divorce from his father and it was a long battle through several therapy sessions and intense family moments. Tears, shouting, slamming doors and other such nuances filled our days and nights. I know we aren't alone and so many other kids face these issues as well.
Life in the classroom for the past 14 years has afforded me the opportunity to realize the necessity of an outlet for some kids, reluctant to find books that fit their lives and therefore are hesitant to read. My books are intentionally written, not only as an outlet for me and what I witnessed my son go through, but an attempt to help others find a voice through relatable characters.
I hope you enjoy reading my first book and like me, excited about book 2! (Editing....)
Do your characters develop throughout your writing, if not you may be missing what's termed, "Character Archetypes," aka, "The Hero's Journey," one important element in shaping your characters!
... Reflecting on Joshua Creed's character and the lesson's I learned through at our Writer's Group.
Joshua's journey both real and imagined embraces the difficult choices and experiences faced by those suffering mental illness. Life engulfed in the darkened caves of solitude, ridden with anxiety, doubt and low self-esteem; it's hard to escape. The character Joshua Creed found his purpose within the world of his imagination, where he's the counted on by the creatures there to save the whole world. His journey becomes his reality and salvation, unfortunately many never find escape in the real world.
My purpose in writing my story is to help kids find relatable characters in a world chalked full of families, where kids struggle with divorce, mental illnesses, bullying and not being accepted as being different. As a teacher, it's imperative kids find characters they can walk through the story with, making connections and relating the whole time, growing with the characters. Also important is to build empathy in readers to help them gain understanding from the perspective of my character, enabling them to relate to others suffering from the same conditions. If I'm able to do both; I've won in the art of storytelling.
My heroes journey has only just begun, please continue to follow him through his prophecy, book 2 will be released this year.