Someone once said, "Preach the Gospel at all times; when necessary, use words." Another person said, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." What do these two quotes, by St. Francis of Assisi 1 and Mahatma Ghandi, respectively, have to do with writing? Well, they speak to me of an important lesson: to learn or teach something, it's best to first do the darn thing yourself, and then show it. In my case, if I want to be a self-published author, it is best to actually do it. Learn--and share--by doing.
Another inspiration came from Kim Lavine's Mommy Millionaire book. She started her own business, became a success, and wrote down in exacting and engaging detail what happened to her and what she learned. I have never quite seen a book like hers before, and though it is not about a writing-related business, I cannot recommend this book enough.
Because of her inspiration, and the quotes above, I decided to do the same for . . . da da dum . . . The Great Writing Experiment: Self-Publishing an Ebook (for Better or Worse). The very idea excites me--and scares the dickens out of me. But why should that stop me if I really wanna do it? Besides I think turning it into a blogged project is the very kick in the shorts (hate pants) that I need to get moving.
So today, I started the Project. Tomorrow? Hopefully, I don't chicken out ;-) But we'll see what's what then.
1 Some people say that St. Francis didn't in fact say this or do this. But at this point, I care more about the quote and its meaning than who said what.
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