Characters Unleashed: Writing Exercises For New Authors by Theodocia McLean.
Congratulations, You Have Decided To Write A Book.
Writing your first book will send you on a roller coaster of emotions. Maybe you have dreamed for years of retiring from your job, creating time and the perfect space to write your novel. The words might pour out of your mind faster than you can type or you might face dry spells where the words won’t come. Writing your book will become a labor of love, intense work, laughter and tears, but seeing your book in print will be one of the most thrilling experiences of your lifetime.
Family and friends might ask you the very same question that you find yourself asking as you stare at the blank white page in front of you. Why am I writing this book? Is my first intention to become famous and get rich or do I have a story, an idea or some information that I want to share with others?
In my experience, my first book was fiction because I had a story in my head that wouldn’t leave me alone. A story that I needed to tell if for no other reason than getting it out of my head and the satisfaction of reading it in print. From there I branched out into a memoir in hopes of sharing a part of my life journey. My workbooks were written out of a need to share important information with others. I created a format that allows my reader to write their own contribution in the workbook and make it their own.
I think the best authors have written out of the sheer pleasure of writing the novel, biography, short story, poetry etc. Passion for the characters, story or information that you want to convey will be the springboard that will keep you writing.
The satisfaction of selling my books is surprisingly not about money at all. I have discovered that selling a book is a humbling experience. If just one person takes time out their busy life to purchase and read one of my books or contribute to one of my workbooks that they hold in their hands and write in, how much more truly lasting satisfaction could I possibly obtain?
Why A Workbook? Words are like clouds, they form, the create amazing things, they create chaos and then they disappear. You don’t have to be perfect at journaling for this workbook to help you as an author. You do have to be willing to put the work in to reap the rewards.
As your move along into this workbook, you will write about what you know and what you imagine. I created this in workbook format because writing is in your blood and this workbook will guide you.
Every day you get up out bed and experience life. Maybe you go someone, talk to people you know, meet someone new, are perhaps you are forced into a new environment or situation.
Unless you are writing a reference book, your book will most likely be about characters, environment, locations, and time periods. Whether fiction or nonfiction, your book will need to draw your reader out of their space and time and into your creation of space and time. The more you understand how your day-to-day experience transforms into the life of your book, the better writer you will become.
I wish you the very best in writing, publishing and more importantly, promotion and sales. You are welcome to contact me for help.
Message by Theodocia McLean
Workbook Paperback: 151 Pages
Publisher: Independently Published (September 22, 2018)
Message From Author: I, Theodocia McLean, was born on Beals Island, in Downeast Maine, in 1954.
Sold to the mailman, adopted twice, I was not told my beautiful name until my sixteenth birthday.
My love for writing began when my fifth-grade teacher captured my imagination with creative writing assignments while I was living away from home, in a harsh, punitive private school environment. A song that I have sung every day is the only link that I had to Clara, my one special friend, who made daily life bearable for a short time, in that dreadful place. I have longed for the day when someone, even a stranger, would bring me the proof, that I desperately seek. Did my friend Clara really die in a car accident, fleeing with her abductor (father), from the school?
UPDATE: In fall of 2023 some of us (now) adults who survived PHS have come together. Two friends from this newly formed group have done amazing research and detective work. The last few months have been an emotional rollercoaster for me. I now have written legal documents that describe Clara’s life. It does not change the events of that horrible day. I was holding Clara’s hand and screaming, as her father knocked out our school yard supervisor and abducted her from the school yard in 1966. All these years I wondered what I could have done something to stop the abduction or to prevent her death. You see, they told me (a 5th grader) that Clara died in a car accident. Legal documents prove this was a lie. Clara went on to live and get married. I am so grateful to my survivor friends from PHS. Our stories are all real and we have been able to verify each other’s memories. Some of us have passed away now, but we are all survivors (not victims) of a hell on earth, while living at the private boarding school (PHS).
I have removed my book ‘DID: True Story Of Survival’ and my book ‘Theodocia’s Heart Songs’ from circulation for the time being. I hope to bring it back at some point in the future. In my new book, I plan to share some of own techniques for healing. I plan in detail about my experience of seeing two angels on the evening before 911, while in West, VA (on a family trip). I want to share the significance of these two angels, at that time?
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