When I embarked on the journey of writing my memoir, little did I know how emotional the process would be. Not only was I reliving some of the darkest times of my life, many memories I had conveniently tucked away in the recesses of my mind surfaced.
That’s to be expected. After all, when you deal with a story of alcohol and drug abuse, and the drama that comes with it, there’s bound to be periods you likely want to hide safely away.
In talking with author Rachel Resnick, whose memoir, Love Junkie, is among those we can call a huge success, Rachel advised me to pace myself in my writing.
“Keep telling yourself to dig deep,” Rachel recommended in a tone that indicated sage wisdom.
Ironically, that’s exactly what my editor, Madeleine Eno, has told me more than once.
“You have to let yourself get raw,” Madeleine’s voice rings in my head every morning when I work on the manuscript.
In a nutshell, you have to walk through the fear or the fear will stop you in your tracks.
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In the 45-minute conversation Rachel and I had, she gave me so many nuggets about how to dig deep in my writing of a memoir my head was in overdrive.
What made me sit up and pay attention are the various writing books, articles and posts Rachel is recognized for. She is also the author of Go West Young F*cked-Up Chick. Her articles, essays and celebrity profiles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, BlackBook and others. She is a contributing editor at Tin House, and the founder and CEO of Writers on Fire.
Rachel is a Los Angeles Times bestseller!
Knowing that a great many people in my community are successful authors, or dream of being one, I couldn’t help but ask, “Would you be willing to have a conversation for my community? One where you share your experience on what it took to get not one, but two, New York publishers?”
“I’d love to,” was her immediate answer.
Join me as I talk with Rachel about the publishing industry.
Are You Ready to Get Published by a Traditional Publisher?
Tuesday, September 11th at 10 a.m. Pacific.