I’m Not A Writer

I’m not a writer…. So I write.

No one told me I’m not a writer or I could never be a writer, I just don’t consider myself one….YET! I enjoy writing though. Very much so. I enjoy throwing my thoughts onto the screen like a bowl of alphabet soup and then trying to piece it together into a story. Not just a story but something that moves me, and that’s all that matters. I’ve been creating the last 8 months on the idea that I’ll make it exactly the way I want, I’ll make things that I like, enjoy and move or inspire me and the right audience would like it also. And it seems to be working so far. It’s almost therapeutic for me. And then to hear such great feedback on the things I write and the videos I make it drives me to keep going.

So I’ve been thinking about trying to write an autobiography. I have no idea how to write a book. I barely know how to write a blog! I’ve been researching it a little and it seems like I would just do the same as writing a blog in a way, just a lot more. I thought it might be neat to structure the blog into an autobiography. Make each post a page or part of a chapter. And then at some point I could piece it all back together and call it a book.

When I think back through my life I can’t imagine writing a book about it. It feels like it would be as thick as 2 boxes of tissues with paper like the bible. I would never read anything like that, unless it was about Jesus! Or maybe I should do a memoir! Something shorter. I don’t know.

So I thought I should direct it towards something, and the first thing I thought of was recovery. As I’ve been writing and making videos, the ones that seem to have the most impact on me and my audience (YOU) are the ones of me sharing things about recovery. It’s one of the main reasons I even started sharing my story in the first place. Maybe I could write it and get feedback from everyone as I go and it would leave other things in my life I could write about later if I wanted to.

Take the tissues out of the box and give them to you one by one instead of giving you the whole box! The way I would want it done for me!

I don’t know how it would work, or how it will look, if it’s a good idea, or if I’ll even be able to stick with it but I like the thought.

The other thing is I don’t know if it’s a good idea to share the book before I publish it? Ya’ll would have read the book before I ever got it done? But at the same time I think it would be hard to write blogs, make videos, do photography, work, not get divorced, 🙂 AND write a book at the same time!

I would love to hear what you think.

11 thoughts on “I’m Not A Writer

  1. Please keep writing. Love to read your blogs and I do believe you could write a book. Both folks who have walked your walk and those who have not would both be interested. I know so many folks say why do they just not stop. Not easy and until each individual must learn the alcoholism is really a sickness. I think you could help family members understand and those of us that have learnt to live one day at a time and believe in a higher power would truly enjoy your words and knowledge.

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  2. First of all, Happy Wife, Happy life!
    I hear you though, your story of recovery has value and should never be ignored. As a big sister of a recovering alcoholic(going on 9 years sober! God is SOOOO Good!) you think I would have what it takes to understand, but I don’t not really. Every individual story of recovery holds nuggets of hope, and knowledge. For many years I had prayed for my brother and still do of course, but in the hardest of times I really had no way of knowing if or when he would recover. I appreciate your honesty, and courage. We will continue to pray, hope, and dream one day at a time. (((hug)))

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  3. Mikel – I definitely think you should go for it…and, when you think about it, it’s much like how Rory write about his life and his life with Joey. First, there were blogs and then Rory published books. For me, I liked being semi-familiar with what I was reading in the books because I had already read the blogs – just my thought. Whatever you choose, please keep writing.

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  4. I read a lot of books – a LOT, but after all these years only a couple have made such a huge impact and brought understanding to the situations I dealt with. One was about addiction/recovery – “A Million Little PIeces by James Frey”. That book gave me the clarity to understand what happens when the spiral begins with a loved one, what they go through and how very difficult it is to come out on the other side – never completely understanding their struggle to keep from falling back. Your stories are the same for me – very real. Heartfelt. You can live your life, but there is always the struggle to deal with. I love reading the blog and would love a book. In the meantime, keep handing us tissues – one at a time.

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    1. Mikel – GO for it! Trinity Broadcasting Networks has a Christian publishing division called “Trilogy” https://www.trilogy.tv/index.php/our-process
      You should definitely look into it. I am a published author – it was a really fun experience. I was part of an anthology by Thomas Nelson Publishers. I also wrote for the “Cup of Comfort” series. You have to be ‘thick-skinned’ because sometimes you think you’ve got it right and then, the Editor comes back w/ a thousand changes. It’s a learning experience. One that I am thankful that I embarked upon. You will be too. Go for it, you’ll be in our prayers 🙂
      In His Love and mine, shelly

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      1. Mikel, first thing pray about it. You know our Lord with give you the answer. The Lord has blessed you this far and HE will continue as long as you listen and do your part. One day at a time sweet man.

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