Speaker at CHEA – Writing in the Real World
With my new book being released in Jan. 2011, A World Where Everyone Plays, the demand for speaking at events increases. In April, I spoke at CHEA (Christian Home Educators Association) once again. There were over 1000 people that attended. The subject was a little different this year because of my new adventure in writing. I spoke about what it meant to write in the real world. I’ve always hated writing and despite my efforts to gain A’s in my English coursework throughout high school, college, and graduate school, I never excelled. So how is it that, I am able to birth a book that has sold close to 2000 books to date? Here’s my journey in a snapshot: 1. Have a passion for what you are writing about. If it weren’t for the fact that I love to play and teach the piano, there is no way I would want to write a book. Passion is what drives you even when you don’t feel like it. 2. Write for a purpose. I knew because of my experience and success with learning/teaching the piano that the world needed to know that they could do it too. They needed to hear the message that they are musical. 3. Get a mentor. Accountability is key when writing. I couldn’t have done it without the help of my publisher. 4. Edit for Publication. Because I knew it would go public, I worked night and day to make it near perfect. The result has been astounding. I’ve received so many great reviews. If you would like to purchase a book, it is available on Amazon.com.