10 Things I Learned From Writing My Book
My memoir, "Blank Canvas, How I Reinvented My Life After Prison," is about to turn 1.
It was officially released on May 25th, 2021.
Here are some things I learned from the 6 years I worked on it.
Having a Why (to help one person) was the fuel that carried me through.
When I let go of expectations, I gave myself the freedom I needed to create.
3. I don’t feel like it
The days I don't want to write are the days I most need to write. I’m
When I'm stuck: Write one true sentence, followed by another, followed by another. (Thank you, Hemingway)
5. Punch In
Writing is a job: Punch in at the same time every day.
6. Showing Up
What I write doesn't matter as much as showing up.
Showing up every day builds self-trust.
8. Self-Trust 2
Self-trust is what makes the seemingly impossible, possible.
What I do away from the page is as important as what I do on the page. Experiences cultivate creativity.
10. Painful Parts
The most painful parts of my story tell the best story.
11. Bonus 1
If I'm scared to write it and share it, then I have to write it and share it.
12. Bonus 2
My past cannot define me without my consent.