My Success Story – the Joy of Becoming an Author

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My Success Story – the Joy of Becoming an Author

Postby Beth L » Sun Aug 17, 2008 5:04 pm

A year ago, my job at IBM was eliminated, along with a good portion of my personal identity as well. At 60 years old, I was too young and active for the proverbial rocking chair and suddenly having too much unstructured time on my hands was a serious concern. Fortunately, I found there was an eight-week Barbara Sher Success Team starting in my area that could help me decide what I wanted to do for the next phase of my life and even more importantly, how to get there. Much of the program is based on Wishcraft, How to Get What You Really Want by Barbara Sher. As I completed each week’s reading and exercises, I realized that what I really wanted was to become a writer. Over the years, I wrote scores of technical materials and documentation, and I have always written personal journals and short stories. During my childhood, my family did not consider my writing to be a worthwhile pastime, so I developed the habit of secretively creating stories strictly for my own enjoyment and never showed them to anyone. At one of the first Success Team meetings, each member talked about their initial goals and I said I wanted to become a writer. How refreshing -- no one made fun of my ideas. In fact, one of them asked if I had ever written anything. When I told them about my technical experience, journals and stories, she simply said, “Well then, you are a writer already.” It was amazing what a powerful impact that straightforward statement had on me. As we took turns brainstorming about our how to reach our individual goals, my dreams suddenly appeared to be attainable. We each created a simple flowchart followed by a goal calendar. Once I had assigned target dates to the major steps in the process, the dates suddenly made the plans real. No longer was this just a pie-in-the-sky pipe dream. My goals expanded to become a published author, speaker and Personal Historian. Taking several writing classes at the University of Chicago bolstered my confidence as a writer, followed by a week-long Writing Retreat with Barbara Sher and by a year-long monthly program (again with Barbara Sher) to write a book. I am thrilled to be making solid progress in my new career. My book is coming along quite nicely and will enable children to write their own family stories. For my own family, I’ve completed a book of personal vignettes and favorite recipes, and I’ve written several life stories for other people. What a difference a year makes! Moving out of the corporate world, albeit unwillingly, has given me the time and opportunity to spread my creative wings on a whole new career and I am excited about the endless possibilities. On second thought, make that credible probabilities. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I can succeed by doing all the things I love. Website: http://www.bethlamie.com Blog: http://onestoryatatime.blogspot.com For all my Ezine articles online, check out http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Beth_LaMie Beth L
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Re: My Success Story – the Joy of Becoming an Author

Postby summerbreeze » Mon Aug 18, 2008 4:08 am

Hi Beth L, Congratulations! I commend you for taking positve action on your own behalf! Glad that you found support for your dream. You inspire me because i am searching for a way to move forward, too. summerbreeze
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Re: My Success Story – the Joy of Becoming an Author

Postby Alexia » Mon Aug 18, 2008 5:00 am

Beth, This is wonderful. Step-by-step you've achieved so much -- and all in a year, indeed ! I think you're an inspiration to all of us. You have several different activities within your writing and speaking goal, and that's great because it means there will always be something popping up for you. I never did believe in putting all my eggs in one basket. As I am a writer and speaker myself, I found your posting very exciting, and I shall be looking forward to the news of your book being published. Alexia.
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Re: My Success Story – the Joy of Becoming an Author

Postby Beth L » Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:41 am

Alexia & Summer, Thanks so much. I really can't speak highly enough of Barbara's Success Teams and her year-long WriteSpeak programs. As she says, "Isolation is the dream killer," but having two such wonderful support groups has made all the difference for me. It feels like every day I make a bit of progress toward my goal and I appreciate all the help I have received from everyone. Beth
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Postby jewelB » Mon Aug 18, 2008 1:38 pm

Wow, Beth L ! what a year!! you inspire us all. . . --jewelB
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Postby rwinge » Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:10 am

Hi, I just want to say how impressed I am with the progress that you made towards becoming an author. I have started my first book and I find your journey to be inspirational. I will kep checking back to see how you do. Count me in as one of your supporters. Renee :D
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Re: My Success Story – the Joy of Becoming an Author

Postby ecogirl » Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:19 am

Beautiful sharing Beth and a story of true inspiration in following your dreams. I love how your 'dark cloud' has such as sparkly, silver lining :) Much happiness to you.... Ecogirl x
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Re: My Success Story – the Joy of Becoming an Author

Postby Beth L » Mon Sep 01, 2008 3:23 pm

If any of you are interested in reading the first version of my book and providing constructive criticism, please let me know. I'll be glad to send it to you in a separate note. It is to encourage kids to write their own family stories by using provided questions to interview their older relatives. "Granny's Guide to Fun & Fabulous Family Stories for Kids from 8 to 98." Beth
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Re: My Success Story – the Joy of Becoming an Author

Postby skannie » Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:02 pm

Very well done Beth! 8) 8) 8) 8) If it's as well-written as your blog it'll hardly need any criticism or editing, but I'll certainly be pleased to take a look at it for you. skannie
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Re: My Success Story – the Joy of Becoming an Author

Postby JazzMuse » Sun Oct 12, 2008 3:38 pm

Wow Beth! Thank you for sharing your amazing journey :D You are a living inspiration! Karen aka jazzmuse
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Re: My Success Story – the Joy of Becoming an Author

Postby Beth L » Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:26 pm

Karen, Thank you. It has been such an exciting and sometimes scary journey. I finally started a checklist so I can keep track of the progress I've made. Very useful for the days that I don't seem to be getting anywhere.
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Re: My Success Story – the Joy of Becoming an Author

Postby JazzMuse » Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:48 pm

Hi Beth - FYI - Inspired in part by your story, I just submitted my first article for TRCB.com today and got published within a few hours :D Wow! Here's the link to my author bio & articles page: http://www.trcb.com/author/karenlyu71.htm Wish me luck! Karen PS You can publish articles on TRCB.com too and get 50% of Google Adsense clicks.
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Re: My Success Story – the Joy of Becoming an Author

Postby Beth L » Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:22 pm

Karen, That is terrific! I can't wait to read your article. Although I am not familiar with that site, I will check it out more tomorrow. You might also want to submit your article to ezinearticles.com, which is another good site to build recognition.
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